When Packing a Storage Unit, Strategy Is King

storage 3There seems to be a plethora of self storage locations springing up all over the country lately.  It begs the question are we a country of pack rats or do we all have much more than we really need or can use?  Either way these storage companies seem to be doing very well and it is always difficult to find an empty one when you need to store your “stuff” for a length of time.  I found these tips recently that I thought would be helpful.  Nothing worse than loading the whole storage unit and then finding out the next week you really needed something at the back of the unit!  Maybe you can learn something here that will help you and save a lot of time when packing your storage unit.

By Paige Tepping
Whether you’re in the process of downsizing or simply looking to open up your home a bit, self-storage self-storage-closetunits offer a practical solution to the lack of space issue homeowners are faced with on a day-to-day basis. While factors such as security, cleanliness, temperature control, customer service and price will likely play a large role in determining which self-storage unit best fits your needs, the process doesn’t end there. In fact, much like packing to move from one house to another, maximizing the space within your self-storage unit begins with having a plan in place.

1. Be Prepared. Once you’ve made the decision to rent a storage unit, even if it’s a short-term solution, it’s important to come up with a plan before you begin haphazardly shoving items into the space. While this may save time on the front end, it will undoubtedly work against you when it comes time to clear the unit out.

2. Use the Space Wisely. If you’re storing bigger items—or anything that’s awkwardly shaped—take the time to break them down (if possible) in order to get the most use out of the space. This means disassembling tables, workout equipment, kitchen carts, etc.

3. Take Inventory. Good memory or not, you’re bound to forget every last item stored in the unit. Even if it only makes an appearance once every few years, you’ll want to remember where your fine china from Great Aunt Gertrude is when she comes calling.

4. Label Everything. If you plan to fill your storage unit up with boxes, be sure to label them so that you can quickly and easily identify what’s inside. It’s also important to make sure all labels are facing the same way.

5. Map It Out. In addition to making note of everything that’s stored in your storage unit, it’s a good idea to map out where everything is located. This way you can easily grab something when needed.

storage 26. Place Items Strategically. Keeping like items together (or packing things according to which room or family member they belong to) is a simple way to add a level of organization to the process.

7. Leave a Walkway. For those renting a large self-storage unit, don’t forget to leave a walkway down the middle when filling the space with your belongings. Not only will this make it easy to grab things when you need them, it will keep you from having to climb over boxes and other items when you need to grab something from the back of the unit.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

Good luck with all your storage issues.  But maybe what you need instead is a bigger home!  Why not call me and find out how much your present home is worth and if now is the time to upgrade rather than paying money each month for a storage container?

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a larger home to call your own!

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