Organizing your self-storage unit
Make sure that you can easily access the items you’ve stored in the facility when you want them. Secondly, you must take care when storing – these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.
- In all but the smallest units, try to create an aisle and leave enough room to be able to get round the back.
- Store your largest items first.
- If you’re stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.
- Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.
- Try not to lean furniture against outside walls.
- If you’re storing metal objects avoid resting them against items susceptible to damage.
- Try to assess what you’ll need to access frequently and keep it at the front of your unit.
- Fill anything that’s hollow – i.e. wardrobes, drawers, washing machines and fridges with small boxes and other items to maximize your available space.
- Make sure to stack boxes and containers so that you can see the labels you put on them.
- Wedge the doors of all kitchen appliances whilst in the facility open to avoid bad odors and mildew etc., building up.
- Don’t store anything in the facility that you’re not sure is sturdy vertically – if it seems wobbly store it horizontally.
- If you’re worried about the atmosphere/environment in the unit put down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin bait.