Tips to maximise your self storage space
Whether you are downsizing, moving to a new home, or simply looking to declutter; self storage units provide a convenient solution to your storage needs. However, maximising the space and ensuring the safety of your belongings requires some planning and organisation. Here are some practical tips to maximise your self storage space and to help you safely store your possessions.
1. Choose the right size of unit
Before renting a storage unit, it’s essential to determine the appropriate size for your needs. Make a list of the items you plan to store and measure their dimensions. This will help you visualise the space required and choose the right unit size. Remember, having a little extra space is better than cramming your belongings into a unit that’s too small.
2. Pack your items properly
Packing your items properly will help keep them in great shape, no matter how long they’re in your storage unit. When packing your belongings, make sure to use plenty of protective materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, stretch wrap or even old bed sheets and clothing. Strong cardboard boxes and plastic transparent storage containers are a great way to pack your belongings. Fragile items and paintings should always be wrapped in bubble wrap.
3. Label your boxes
Don’t forget to label everything! Save yourself guesswork by labelling all boxes and make sure they are clearly visible. Labelling your boxes with a brief description of their contents will make it easier to locate certain items when you need them. Numbering your boxes and creating a corresponding inventory list is also a good idea.
4. Dismantle larger items
It is always a good idea to dismantle larger items of furniture before storing them. This will help to save space in your storage unit and better protect the furniture from damage. Depending on the type of furniture, this could involve disassembling legs or drawers or even taking apart the entire piece. Be sure to safely keep all of the screws and fixings together so you can easily reassemble the furniture when you need it.
5. Utilise the height of the unit
Maximise the storage space in your unit by stacking boxes and placing taller items, such as bookshelves or dressers, up against the walls of the unit. Storing larger items vertically will also make it easier to access your belongings without moving everything around.
6. Protect your belongings
Cover your furniture with old sheets, blankets, plastic wrap or even bubble wrap. This will protect from dust, moisture and also prevent scratches. If you’re storing appliances, be sure to drain them down, also clean and dry them thoroughly first to prevent mould and mildew growth.
7. Create an access path
Leave a small aisle or walkway between stacks of boxes and larger items. This will make it easier to access your belongings and avoid moving multiple items to reach what you need.
8. Store items you need most frequently at the front
If you anticipate needing access to certain items more frequently, store them near the front of your storage unit. This will save you time and effort when retrieving these items.
9. Beware of fragile and delicate items
Some belongings such as electronics, artwork, and collectables, can be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity. If you’re storing these items, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit to protect them from environmental damage.
Be sure to follow these practical tips to maximise your self storage space and make the most of your space.
Bigfoot Self Storage provides secure and flexible storage solutions for all personal and household storage requirements. Our indoor facility offers a wide variety of storage sizes to meet your needs. Get a quote and reserve your space today!