How to pack a self storage unit

Renting a self storage unit can be a great solution if you're moving, downsizing, or needing extra space. However, packing a self storage unit can be daunting if you don’t have a plan. To make the most of your storage space and keep your items safe, follow these steps to pack your self storage unit:
  1. Choose the right size unit: Before you start packing, make sure you choose the correct size unit for your needs. Consider the size and quantity of the items you'll be storing and whether you'll need room to move around or access your items. Keep in mind that it's better to have a little extra space than to try to cram everything into a unit that's too small.
  2. Make an inventory list: Before packing, create an inventory list of everything you'll be storing in your unit. This will help you keep track of what you have and come in handy if you need to retrieve something from the unit later. Number each box or item on your list, so you can quickly identify them later.
  3. Gather packing supplies: To pack your items safely, you'll need the right supplies. This includes sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap or packing paper, and a marker to label your boxes. In addition, consider using furniture covers or plastic wraps to protect larger items.
  4. Pack strategically: When you start packing your unit, it’s essential to pack strategically to maximise your space. Start by placing larger, heavier items at the back of the unit and lighter, smaller items towards the front. This will help distribute the weight of your items evenly and prevent them from shifting or falling over.
  5. Use vertical space: Remember to use the vertical space in your unit. Stack boxes and furniture vertically to make the most of your storage room. However, stably stack them to avoid any danger of tipping over.
  6. Leave a walkway: When packing your unit, it's important to leave a walkway down the center of the unit so you can easily access your items. This will also prevent you from having to move everything out of the way if you need to retrieve something from the back of the unit.
  7. Label everything: As you pack your items, label everything with the corresponding number on your inventory list. This will make it easy to find what you need when you need it and help you keep track of your items.
  8. Protect your items: To protect your items while in storage, wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or packing paper. Also, consider using furniture covers or plastic wraps to protect larger items from scratches or damage. If you're storing any electronics, remove the batteries to prevent any damage from leaks.
  9. Secure your unit: Finally, ensure your unit is secure by locking it with a sturdy padlock. This will help prevent theft or unauthorised access to your items. Also, check in on your unit from time to time to ensure that everything is still in place and that there are no signs of damage or theft.
Packing a self storage unit may seem daunting, but it can be a breeze with the right plan in place. 

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