Are you getting ready to rent out a storage unit?
It’s great to free up space in your home or business. But if you’re taking this extra step, it’s important you know how to pack a storage unit.
Otherwise, you won’t get the biggest return on your investment.
How to Pack a Storage Unit
There are more than a handful of storage unit tricks that will allow you to get the most out of your space. We’ll take a look at some of the most effective space-saving tips.
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Do you have oddly shaped items to store? Shelves are ideal for storing these.
You may not even realize it, but you have the option to install shelving in storage units. Buy hanging shelves and temporarily drill them into the wall. If using tools isn’t your thing, then you can purchase free-standing metal or plastic shelves instead.
Lay Down Pallets
Before you even pack a storage unit, arrange raised pallets on the ground. They create space between your valuables and any critters or bugs that may find their way into your storage unit.
Heavy in First
You’ll need to consider which of your items is the heaviest and most stable and put them in first. From there, keep stacking upward – each layer becoming lighter than the previous one.
Be sure to stack boxes in such a way that you’re still able to access them. Create an aisle that allows for this and try not to store stacks and stacks of boxes together.
Place Important Items Front and Center
Just because you’re putting items and boxes in storage, it doesn’t mean you won’t need to access a few things from time to time. Determine which of your items you’ll likely want or need the most and place them in the front of the storage unit.
Dismantle and Use Furniture
You can create more space by using the hollow areas of big furniture like chairs and sofas. Also, consider the empty space in a wardrobe, washing machine, stove, or refrigerator as additional storage space.
Furniture that can be broken down should be. Remove legs from tables and chairs and keep the bolts and screws in a labeled container nearby. For items that can’t be dismantled such as a dresser, you can use the dresser drawers for packing smaller boxes or more fragile items.
Create a Map/Inventory List
Chances are, you’ll need to go into your storage unit every so often to find something that may not be front and center.
As you go along packing your unit, be sure to inventory everything and make a map of where every item is located. Then tape it to the door or on the wall in the unit so you’ll know exactly where it is.
Get the Most From Your Storage Unit
Now that you know how to pack a storage unit, you’ll be able to get the maximum use out of that space. And that means more space to redesign your home or business.
It’s a win-win.
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