Self-storage is actually an art and a science. Doing it properly and with some careful thought will ensure that your stacks of boxes will not fall over and possibly hurt you or damage your other things.
This will also help you know exactly where you put each item so that it will not be hard to find and retrieve later on. This way, you don’t have to open each box just to find one item. More importantly, packing and organizing your things will make them last longer – as they won’t be filled with dust or grime.
Here are 22 tips to help ensure success in using your self-storage unit.
Before putting your things in a box, make a list and assign each item to its respective box. Make labels for each box and attach these labels to all sides of the box as well as the top of the box.
[PRO TIP] When making your list, also write down the estimated replacement value for each, particularly if you want to insure your things. If there are breakables, place “fragile” stickers on the box.
Use no more than two sizes of boxes
This way, stacking the boxes will be easier and more organized. Boxes should be sturdy enough that the bottom box can withstand the weight of all the other boxes being stacked on top of it.
Keep your items safe
As often as possible, put your items in boxes to prevent them from getting dusty.
Try not to waste space
Fill up the entire box but not all with heavy materials. You need to fill up a box completely to avoid its tendency to collapse or tip over. However, you should avoid filling it up with heavy items so that it won’t be hard for you to carry. When packing, fill the box with the heavy items first and then fill it to capacity with lighter items.
Avoid using plastic bags
Putting items in sealed plastic bags may seem like a good idea but it can actually invite mildew.
Pack books smart
When packing books, use smaller book boxes rather than putting them all in one large box. Store the books flat in the boxes rather than standing on end so that their spines will not be damaged.
Avoid a watery mess
Freezers and refrigerators should be stored with the door slightly open. Electrical appliances should be completely dry–defrost freezers and refrigerators, drain washing machines completely.
Pad your breakables
Pack breakables in bubble wrap or packing paper. Wrap mirrors and picture frames with bubble wrap.
Use wardrobe boxes
When packing clothes we recommend that you make use of clothes or wardrobe boxes where you can. Hang the clothes inside to ensure that they retain their shape.
Make use of old towels or sheets
When wrapping your things, use cloth and not plastic.
Store tools and equipment safely
When preparing metal tools and equipment for storage, you should drain these of fuel completely. A rub down with some oil will also help to prevent rust from forming.
Seal boxes with packing tape
Sealing your boxes will help ward off dust.
Reprinted from https://www.simplyss.com/blog/tips-organizing-self-storage-unit/