Moving your belongings into storage can be a large undertaking that requires a significant amount of time. If you want to maximize the space in your storage unit and ensure that your belongings are safe, it is important to prepare for the move and remain organized. Use the following tips for moving your items into storage:
Gather Packing Supplies
The last thing you want to do is just dump all of your stuff in a storage unit—doing so will make it very difficult to keep the unit organized, and it will be very hard to find what you are looking for when you visit the unit. Begin by picking up boxes in several different sizes, and stock up on packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper. It is also a good idea to use old blankets or mattress covers to place over larger pieces of furniture. Investing in quality packing supplies will help ensure that nothing is damaged during transport, and your items will be protected while in the storage unit.
Create an Inventory
While you are packing, make sure you clearly label each box and create an inventory list so you know exactly what you have placed in the storage unit. When you pack up to move your items to the storage facility, check off your inventory list, and then do the same thing as you are unloading so you know that everything is accounted for.
When you're placing items in your storage unit, do the best you can to maximize space. Dressers and armoires often have drawers or cabinets that can be used to hold things, such as small boxes, books, CDs, or linens. Stack boxes to create more room, but make sure that you are mindful of the weight of each box-- it is essential that the heaviest boxes be on the bottom and the lighter boxes on top.
Leave an Aisle
Many people make the mistake of packing their storage unit full of belongings and then forgetting to leave an aisle to walk through. Not having an aisle that goes from the door of the storage unit to the back wall can make it very difficult to access the interior of the unit and finds things when needed. In addition to leaving an aisle in your storage unit, make sure you keep boxes that you may need to access more frequently towards the front of the unit so you can easily get to them.