Self-storage is one of the most practical ways for individuals and businesses to store their goods and possessions. Individuals can use self-storage to store furniture during a move or get clutter out of your home, while businesses can benefit from self-storage to keep excess goods and stock safe and secure.
At GTW Storage, we’ve noted down five top-tips for you to get the most out of your storage unit, hopefully saving you a bit of hard earned cash in the long run!
Tip 1: store your most-used items at the front
Although storage units are convenient, you need to pack them in the right way to get the most out of them. First thing’s first: pack your most-used items at the front. Doing so will prevent you from having to regularly pull out all your things to get to the stuff that you want – a major hassle. It’s also a good idea to keep to a list of the items that you think you’ll use the most often so that you can actively plan what should go where.
Tip 2: start on the outside and work inwards
It’s good practice to begin by lining the edge of your storage unit with boxes, or anything else that you need to store. By lining the outside of your storage space, you ensure that you retain instant access to everything.
If you have a lot of stuff or a small space, then you may find that you begin to fill the interior. At this point, start creating aisles. Aisles will allow you to use the interior of the space without compromising access.
Tip 3: pack bulky items vertically
If you’re planning on storing large items like bed frames, mattresses, or furniture, then ensure that you store them vertically. The reason for this is simple: storing these items vertically will maximise the use of vertical space, leaving more room for the rest of your possessions.
Tip 4: create a layout of your storage space
Having a plan of where everything will go can be useful for both businesses and individuals, especially if you have a larger unit. With a plan, you can quickly determine where you’ve put particular items, enabling you to find them quickly when you come to retrieve them.
Tip 5: make use of drawers
If you are planning on storing things like pine dressers and chests of drawers, then use the drawers to store smaller items. If possible, label drawers so you know what’s inside, and store like items with like.