Tips For Packing And Storing Belongings In A Self-Storage Unit


Packing up your belongings to place in self-storage requires time and planning. If your items are not packed and stored properly, they could become damaged. To help ensure you get the most from your storage unit, here is what you need to know about packing and storing in the unit. 

What Can You Not Put in Storage?

There are limits to a self-storage unit. Logically, you probably know that animals and stolen goods should not be stored in the unit, but the decision whether or not to store other items can sometimes be confusing.

For instance, some people have stored perishable items, such as food, in their units in the past. Although it might seem like a harmless act, food can attract bugs and rodents. Other items that you should avoid storing include:

  • Ammunition and explosives
  • Prescription and illegal drugs
  • Unregistered vehicles
  • Hazardous materials

If you are unsure whether or not it is safe or legal to store other items, ask the representative at the self-storage facility. 

How Should You Pack Your Belongings?

Simply throwing your items in cardboard boxes and putting them in the self-storage unit is not enough. The boxes could be unevenly packed and sealed, which could lead to damage to your belongings. 

Before packing up your belongings, you need to acquire the right packing supplies. In addition to strong containers, you need tape, labels, and bubble wrap. The storage facility probably has those items available for a small fee. 

When packing your belongings, be sure to put heavy items in smaller containers to make it easier to lift them. You also need to fill each container as much as possible. As the containers sit on top of each other in storage, they can start to sink. Your items could be crushed. If you fill the containers though, there is less room for that possibility. 

If you are storing furniture, take apart the items you can before storing them. Not only does this make it easier to lift, but it also helps to maximize the space that you have in the unit. Never store any items in your unit that are fragile without first wrapping them. Place those items on the top of other items to avoid damaging them in the future. 

Electronics can be placed in the storage unit, but you should remove any cables and batteries inside of them before storing them. Take a picture of all connections before removing them for easier reassembling. 


3 June 2016

too much stuff, not enough space

Do you have too much stuff and not enough space? If so, you don't have to get rid of the things that you enjoy collecting or having. Instead, you can use a storage unit to store the things that you won't immediately be using or needing. This blog is loaded with tips for storing all sorts of things. You will learn how to pack, store, organize and log all of the things that you move from your home to the storage unit so that you can easily find what you are looking for in the same condition as when you put it there.