Just downsized your home? Sure, you have to pay lower property taxes and spend lesser time cleaning your house. But what are you going to do about all the stuff you have collected over the years? Will there be enough place for that small couch that was once in the basement? Self-storage units or no-lease storage units, in this case, are the perfect solution to your storage problems. Such units protect your possessions from natural elements, such as the wind and rain, and also from intruders.
However, even self-storage units have limited space. So, you need to make the best out of whatever space you hire. Here are a few tricks to help you out.
- Stack up to the ceiling
The best way to keep storage units organized is by maximizing the available space. To fit everything, make sure you use vertical space. Stack all the boxes one on top of the other. If you are worried about the boxes at the bottom, use a shelving unit.
- Disassemble some stuff
That big TV unit or that large table will occupy more space than it should in your tiny storage unit. To make the best use of the available space, disassemble as many things as you can. Pack all the different parts together and keep the screws in a Ziploc bag. Tape the bag to the bundle so that it is safe.
- Use all spaces available
Some items, such as hutches and dressers, cannot be disassembled. In that case, you need to take advantage of whatever space you can find. Shelves, garbage cans, and drawers have a lot of empty spaces. You can use these to keep fragile and delicate items. This will also ensure maximum safety.
- Use protective layers
Don’t assume that your things are safe just because they are in a storage unit. If you are going to stack boxes and move your stuff around once in a while, there is a high possibility of something breaking. So, make sure to pack everything well. Use lots of bubble wrap, especially for fragile items. Also, stuff the corners of the storage unit and the inside of your boxes with dryer sheets. These sheets will keep pests and critters away.
- Keep space for an aisle
While in a rush, you may end up stuffing the storage unit haphazardly. Don’t forget to make some space for an aisle, preferably in the center of the unit. The labels on your boxes should face the aisle for easy access. This way you can locate any item you are looking for.