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10 Tips for filling your self storage unit

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Renting a self storage unit is a fantastic way to create extra space in your home or main business premises. But once you have your extra space, what’s the best way to fill it? How can you get the maximum capacity and still have easy access to all your stuff?

Here are our top ten tips.

1. Keep an inventory.

Itemise everything you’re putting into your self-storage container. It could save you time and energy if you need to find something later. There are several ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to number each box and write down everything you’re putting in it. Keep your inventory safe, make sure everyone knows where it is and update it if you add or remove items.

2. Dismantle wherever you can.

Some items can be collapsed or dismantled into smaller pieces for easy storage. Dismantling items takes up less space and helps keep all the parts in good condition.

3. Fill your boxes sensibly.

Distribute the weight evenly, putting the heaviest items at the bottom then filling the box to the top with lighter items. Wrap sharp edges and fragile items and pack with care to avoid breakages and damage. Avoid overfilling your boxes. If they’re too heavy they will be difficult to carry and could crush any boxes underneath them. Seal the box with packing tape. This will keep the contents clean and dust-free.

4. Store similar items together.

When you need your Christmas decorations or winter clothes, it will be reassuring to know they’re all in the same place and not spread out in boxes all over the unit.

5. Label your boxes.

If you don’t use labels, you could find yourself ripping open every box to find that one thing you’re looking for. It’s a good idea to write the box number or contents on all faces of the box so you can see it from any angle. Use care labels where necessary, for example if items are fragile or need to be stored upright.

6. Plan out your unit.

You’ll probably find you need access to certain items at some point, so make it easy for yourself. Plan to fill the unit from both sides, leaving a walking space down the middle. Put any items you know you’ll need access to nearest to the opening. You can read our tips on how to organise storage units for frequent access to help you pack everything properly into the unit.

7. Make sure items are clean and dry.

Wet equipment, like washing machines and defrosted freezers, should be emptied, cleaned and fully dried out before you store them. Anything used to store, cook or prepare food should be cleaned thoroughly before storage so it won’t go mouldy or attract pests. You can read our guide on how to prevent mould in storage units to make sure you take care of any possible problems before they arise.

8. Cover items that are not in boxes.

If your items won’t fit inside a box, cover them with dust sheets or old towels to keep them clean and avoid surface damage.

9. Fill up your furniture.

Furniture items that won’t dismantle, like wardrobes and cupboards, can be filled up with smaller items to make full use of the space.

10. Stack items sensibly.

Stack boxes with the heaviest on the floor, moving up to the lightest at the top. In most cases, it’s best to keep liquids on the floor, so that if they leak, they won’t damage the rest of your items.

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