If you have successfully hired a storage unit, then you will probably now face the challenge of packing it. Despite what you may think, there is an art to packing a storage unit or shed. When space is at a premium, it is all about making the most of what is available. With five simple tricks, you can make the most of your storage unit. In fact, you can even save money by packing strategically. Space-efficient packing will allow you to hire smaller, more economical self storage units.
Get rid of things that you do not want or need
The first tip to effectively packing a storage unit is perhaps the most obvious one: do not pack things you don’t need. Almost everyone has a tendency to become attached to their possessions. Without even realising it, you might have quite a number of things you don’t really need. Storing your belongings is the perfect time to sort through your things and identify what can go. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to throw your stuff away. Someone else will probably find a use for the things your simply don’t need anymore if you recycle them, or give them away.
Make sure that you are not storing anything hazardous
When you pack your self storage unit, it is absolutely imperative that you don’t store hazardous things. Hazardous items and materials vary, but the most common of these found in storage is petrol. People often overlook remnant fuel in petrol engines like lawnmowers, when they store them. Although it might seem like an insignificant amount of petrol, the consequences remain serious if something goes wrong. Always drain the fuel and oil out of small engines when you store them.
Use the correct packaging for the job
If you want to retrieve your belongings in the same condition that you left them, packaging is essential. If you are looking to store delicate or organic fabrics for a long time, you need to take extra care when packing them. Things like leather furniture, cotton clothing and silk products all degrade quite quickly. To prevent this, simply store them using the right packing products. You can often get some good advice on this topic from your self storage provider. Alternatively, you can do some research on storing delicate materials.
Place frequently used items towards the front
In some self storage units, accessibility can be a real problem. Fortunately, you can avoid it easily by packing a storage unit with a bit of forethought. If you are going to be collecting some items before others, then you should store them towards the front. This will allow you to collect them without having to move things around. Not only is this easier for you, but it also reduces the risk of damage to your possessions and even personal injury. Shifting heavy boxes and items around to access something can be dangerous and falling boxes have caused injuries in the past.
If you stack your belongings, ensure that heavier items are at the bottom
Stacking your goods is a useful way to make the most of what little space you have available. However, tall and precariously balanced stacks are nothing short of dangerous. If you are going to be staking your belongings, then you should do so with great care. Always lift heavy items using your knees – not your back – and stack them at the bottom. This will provide a good solid base for the lighter items that you will stack on top. It also means that you will not be injured if one of your stacks does happen to collapse.
For more useful tips on self storage, contact the experts at ABC Self Storage today on (07) 5598 3355.