Top 15 Self Storage Tips From Our Experts
As true storage experts, with over 50 years' experience in the self-storage industry, we believe that getting organized is the key to helping you get the most efficient use from your storage unit.
Our handy list is full of tips designed so you can store your belongings safely and easily.
1. Map it out
Make a simple drawing and that way you can see where you want to put the items you need to be able to find quickly and those larger items that can be stored at the back of the facility unit. If you like, you can use our storage calculator as a visual aid.
2. Divide it up
When stowing your items in your storage unit (and when deciding on size) it's a great idea to make a path down the middle, just in case you need to get to the rear of the unit. You know, to avoid having to pull everything out just to get at to that one box you thought you wouldn't need and which is now right at in the back.
3. Keep Important Items Near the Door
Stating the obvious? Maybe, but do remember to keep your most frequently used items near the front of our unit.
4. Stack when you pack!
Put largest, heaviest items at the bottom and then pile boxes on top, placing smaller, more fragile items on the top. If possible, make sure labels are to the front, then you can be sure to find the correct box when you come to get your things.
5. Store a Ladder or Folding Stool
A ladder or folding stool is a great way to stack your boxes higher in your storage unit and for accessing them.
6. Have Tools All in One Bin
Place some handy tools such as a hammer, pliers, screwdriver, scissors, a utility knife, and large plastic bags, labels and marker pen in the storage unit, so that you have everything you need when you're ready to move and assemble items you need urgently. It'll save time and energy in the long-run.
7. Allow Some Breathing Room
Depending on how long you plan to use your storage unit, try to stack boxes leaving a few centimeters inches of space between boxes and the walls, this will minimize the risk of a musty smell building up as well as moisture.
8. Pack Smart!
Clean your fridge out and use it to store dry items such as books but remember to leave the door propped open to prevent moisture build up.
9. Cover Delicate Materials
Make sure to cover mattresses, furniture, and other delicate items with protective material designed to let them breathe. Avoid heavy plastics so moisture is not trapped and so your furniture can stay in good condition.
10. Use Trash Cans & Laundry Bins
These are great to store difficult items like brooms, mops, and garden equipment. Remember to use a liner so you can keep the bins clean.
11. Safety First!
For safety's sake drain out fuel tanks on any garden machinery. Make sure tops are on kitchen cleaning materials, such as bleach, are securely tightly so that you don't ruin other items in storage with corrosive liquids.
12. Use Trolleys
These are a great way to move heavy stuff. As we always say, "let the trolley take the strain, not your back!"
13. Keep An Inventory List
Number and label your boxes when you make an inventory list of what you plan to pack in each box. As you pack, check items off your list so you know you haven't left anything behind. When you decide to unpack your items, you can remove the guesswork as you'll know exactly what's in each box.
14. Create a contact in your phone for Storage Rentals of America
Include our customer service number, 1-800-457-5678 as well so you know you can get hold of us easily at any time if you need help.
15. Add an Address
Put directions to your storage unit in your phone so that you or anyone you need to come and collect your belongings for you.
We're Your Storage Solution!
Storage Rentals of America is your convenient self-storage solution. So come into our office or give our storage experts a call at 1-800-457-5678. Our call center is available 7 days a week and can help determine which storage unit size best fits your storage needs.