Tips for Easier Self-Storage

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Self-storage units are a convenient, affordable and flexible option for storing items. With these units, you maintain control over what’s stored and how, and over when you access the items. However, with this freedom comes the responsibility for knowing how to store items properly. Going in unprepared could result in your belongings being damaged.

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The Best Way to Pack

It’s always a good idea to plan your storage layout beforehand. Establish the shape and size of the storage unit you’ll be using, and try to calculate how much space your stored items will take up. Using a uniform box size will make this far easier. Aim for boxes that can carry roughly 9 to 13 kilograms each, so that no box is too heavy to move. It’s also easier to stack boxes neatly and tightly together when they’re the same size, and this will help prevent moisture from gathering between boxes.

Labelling Boxes

To make it a lot easier to retrieve specific items, it’s a good idea to label all sides of the boxes, not just the tops or one side. Also, instead of using a vague label such as “KITCHEN” or “STUDY” on a box, print a proper list of the contents and tape a copy to each side of the box. Then you’ll know exactly how to find a specific item. Also, don’t forget to mark boxes that contain fragile items so you’ll know to treat them with extra care.

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Packing and Stacking

When stacking boxes, you should leave as few gaps as possible between the boxes themselves. However, it’s a good idea to leave a gap between the edge of the boxes and the walls of the storage unit. This will allow air to circulate around the boxes, to help prevent moisture and subsequent mould build-up.

There are a few ways to save space in a self-storage unit when packing. All furniture should be broken down as much as possible. Shovels, hoes, rakes and other clunky tools can be stored in empty trash cans. Empty trash cans should be stored stacked inside one another. Tall items like shelves, cabinets and the like should be stored on their sides to save space and so that they can’t topple over.

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Storing a Fridge and Appliances

If you’re planning to store a fridge, it’s a good idea to defrost it several hours before moving it into the self-storage unit. Once you’ve moved it into the unit, wedge the door open to allow proper air flow and prevent growth of mould.

Note that you should never take any shortcuts when packing electronics and appliances. It’s best to bubble wrap them, to protect them from shifting in their boxes and either being damaged or damaging other items.Finally note that it’s against the law to store hazardous or combustible materials, such as solvents or gasoline. If you’ll be storing machinery that uses gasoline, for example, you’ll need to drain it properly before putting it into storage.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.