7 Tips On Making Best Use of Your Self Storage Space

Self storage is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean everyone is making best use of their storage space. If you want to ensure you get the best possible value for money, take a look at these wise words which will tell you everything you need to know to make best use of your unit.

Don’t fixate on the price alone

The smaller the unit the cheaper it will be, and the further away from a desirable location the cheaper it will be too. This tells you that price alone is not the best indicator of what you’re getting. If you want to make best use of your unit, you’re first going to need one that’s big enough to meet all of your needs, and close enough that you’re actually going to use it.

Choose a unit with room for expansion

Future expansion is something that so many people fail to think about when they’re signing up for a self storage unit. By renting something slightly bigger you’re paying a little more, but you’re also future proofing your choice by giving yourself options. If you have no redundant space to fall back on, you’ll soon find the clutter is piling up in the spare bedroom again.

Allow room for the air to circulate to prevent damp and mould

If you don’t allow the air room to circulate it’s going to cause damage to your property in the longterm, it’s as simple as that. Allow at least 20% empty space so the air can move.

Box everything up neatly and tidily

Boxing your items like a pro removal person is the way to go if you want to make the best use of space. Pick strong, double ply boxes which you can stack all the way up to shoulder or head height, depending on how comfortable you are lifting them. You’ll find boxing up your items this way takes up far less space than simply piling them on top of one another. And if you’re not up to the task, some companies will even box and move your items to your unit free of charge.

Clearly label the fragile items and breakables

Keeping your fragile items out of harm’s way is the name of the game here. Put them in their own designated corner if you can, and allow space for you to access them without having to move other, heavier boxes.

Keep the stuff you need most near the front

If you want to make best use of your unit, you’re going to need to ensure you have fast access to the most useful stuff in there. Put it near the front, clearly label it, and create a little hand drawn map of everything that you can stick to the wall. This will stop you having to climb over mountains of boxes in search of what you need.

Free up a walkway down at least one side

Lastly, you’re going to want to have a walkway down at least one side of your unit. Make sure it allows you plenty of space to move, work, and re-stack, and you won’t be the person spreading their boxes all over the pavement just to try and make enough room for yourself.