Tips & advices

3 SEPTEMBER 2021

How to Pack your Items and Organise your Storage Unit

Whether you’re planning on moving to a smaller home or simply decluttering your house, renting a self-storage unit can help you organise your personal belongings and maximise your space. Although moving your items to a storage shed seems like a straightforward activity, you might encounter a few issues if you don’t properly prepare for this task.


If you’re planning on keeping your stuff in a storage shed, follow this simple guide in order to make the most out of your rented unit.


Make An Inventory

The first step that you have to do is list down all the items that you’ll keep inside a storage unit. These could be your old clothes, unused furniture, and various home and office equipment. Creating a detailed inventory can help you keep track of all the items that you need to pack. It can also help you prioritise the items that require special handling.


Aside from certain details about your personal belongings, such as their brief descriptions and serial numbers, it would also help to write down which boxes the items were kept in. This allows you to easily locate the items that you’re looking for in case you want to take them out of storage.


Clean Everything First

Even though you’ll be placing most of your things inside sealed boxes and containers, you should still clean them first before placing them inside the storage unit. In addition to making sure the items are dust-free, you should also wash the clothes that you’ll store to remove stains if there are any. If you’re storing leather or wood furniture, make sure to clean them using the appropriate cleaning agents and materials.


This process prevents bringing in unwanted dirt inside the storage unit. More importantly, keeping your personal belongings clean can protect them from getting damaged while they’re in storage.


Measure The Unit’s Size

Although piling containers is recommended inside units to save floor space, make sure to stack them at a safe height. Ideally, the stacked containers shouldn’t be taller than your head to avoid serious injuries in case they fall. For knowing the number and type of items that you’ll be storing inside a shed will provide you with a rough idea about the size of the unit that you’ll need. Many local facilities offer different storage sheds that come in various sizes. For instance, in Albury, there are facilities that have mini storage units that are perfect for keeping personal items.


Although smaller units are generally cheaper than their larger counterparts, you might want to consider renting a shed that’s slightly bigger than what you need. By doing so, you won’t have to rent a second storage unit in case you want to store additional items in the future.


Check If The Unit Is Climate-Controlled

When inspecting a storage facility, ask the property manager if they offer units that are climate-controlled. These sheds are usually built with features that are designed to maintain the temperature within the enclosed space. The purpose of climate-controlled units is to protect items, especially sensitive ones, from extreme heat or cold.


If you’re planning on storing objects that tend to react unfavourably to certain environmental conditions, such as photographs, furniture, electronics, artwork, and musical instruments, then you should consider renting a climate-controlled shed.


Invest In Clear Containers

It’s also ideal to place clothes and small items inside plastic containers. Unlike traditional corrugated boxes, clear containers let you see your stuff without opening them. This helps you easily find a particular item that you’re looking for.


Also, since these containers are usually made of sturdy materials, such as plastic, you can easily stack them on top of one another. Doing so helps save floor space by packing the containers in a vertical manner.


Install Storage Shelves

Installing shelves inside a storage unit is also a great way to save floor space. They also allow you to organise the placement of your containers. In addition, when placed properly, racks and shelves can create partitions and pathways inside storage units. These can allow you to navigate easily through your shed.


If you’re unable to install shelves and racks inside your storage unit, one possible alternative is keeping chest drawers or dressers inside your shed. These take up minimal space and can be used to keep clothes and small items.  


Prep Your Furniture

When storing furniture inside storage units, it’s important to keep them covered to prevent dust from accumulating on their surfaces. Ideally, you should use quilts or towels to cover them, as plastic sheets can suffocate furniture and cause mildew.


If you need to use tape to secure a piece of furniture, make sure to avoid applying the adhesive strip directly onto the item, as this could damage the paint or the fabric. If possible, carefully disassemble the furniture to save floor space and preserve its overall structure. 

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