Th main goal is to make sure that there is enough space available and to minimize the chances of items getting damaged.
You may think it’s a super easy task, but without a well thought out plan, you may end up creating a mess!
Here are some easy packing tips to get the job done well.
1. Create an inventory
Make a list of the things you want to put into the storage unit. The importance of this is for insurance claims incase of natural disasters, a flood or a possible fire and it will help you to recall what you put away if you ever need something out of the storage unit.
2. Pack everything in boxes
Use uniformly sized boxes to pack all the items. Make use of boxes that are strong and have flat, non-slippery surfaces and can be stacked high. This way, you will be able to utilize all the vertical space available. Get help from your moving company if you don’t have the time.
3. Pack the items tightly
To make sure that the boxes don’t collide into each other when being moved, pack the items nice and tightly inside the box so that there are no holes or empty spaces between your items.
4. Label the boxes
Label your boxes with bold letters so that you can identify which box contains which items. Be specific as possible when you label your boxes. If a box contains 10 items of different categories, write the name of every category. It’s important to face the labels towards the door so that you will be able to identify them easily.
Leave room for easy access to the items you may need
Items packed into a self-storage unit are normally meant to be there long-term, so sometimes during emergencies you may need make use of some of these items. Be sure to leave enough room so you have easy access to such items. Actually, placing the boxes containing these items near to the door would be the best idea!
5. Put the tallest and heaviest items first
Bulky and tall objects such as furniture and a tumble dryer can cause damage if they end up falling on top of smaller items. Make it a point to put them in first. Place tall items like fridge and mattress against the wall. Place other heavy items in the space between them and put the smaller boxes on top of them.