Maximizing Self-Storage Units: 7 Ingenious Hacks & Tips You Should Try

Maximizing Self-Storage Units: 7 Ingenious Hacks & Tips You Should Try
March 04 09:42 2019 Print This Article

While there are several things you need to consider, value for money is definitely a key deciding factor you should think about before you rent a self-storage unit. You need to ask yourself: “Will I get the most out of my money?” If your answer is a resounding “Yes,” then you’re on the right track.

Of course, you can ensure that you make the most out of what you pay for a self-storage unit by fully maximizing its use. From detailed planning to a thorough execution, you can easily take full advantage of storage through these seven ingenious hacks you probably haven’t thought of:

1.   Create an Aisle

While storage units serve as a way for you to put your excess belongings away temporarily, they still need to be accessible when the time comes that you need to retrieve something. Taking this into consideration, it is important that you leave space for creating aisles inside your storage unit, so you won’t have to crawl under tight nooks and crannies to get to the items you need.

To achieve this, carefully lay out a floor plan for the storage space before putting your things inside. Categorize items in a logical manner (e.g., based on their respective uses) and leave a space in the middle that allows you to walk through them when you need to take something inside.

2.   Use Vacuum Storage Bags for Clothing

Storing clothing doesn’t need to be tricky, even amidst the risk of damage caused by mildew, molds, bugs, and wrinkles. What’s a good solution? Vacuum storage bags, of course.

Sealing fabrics inside these plastic containers not only helps you stack them together with ease, but also ensures that the items aren’t exposed to moisture. Removing the air also ensures that molds and mildew cannot grow, thus protecting your clothing and other garments from potential damage.

3.   Choose the Right-Sized Boxes

Choosing the right-sized boxes for specific items is also a good way to maximize your storage space.

Books, tools, and other heavy items should be packed in small boxes to make carrying them around less challenging. Lighter items such as sheets and pillows should go into bigger boxes — the items take up more space, but can be carried around even with the bulk because of their weight.

4.   Put Frequently Used Items Along the Entrance

Another logical arrangement you should consider when planning the layout of your self-storage unit is according to the frequency of use. Make sure you put the items that you plan on taking out often along the entrance of the room, and those that you won’t often need farther back.

5.   Avoid Creased Clothes with the Bundle Approach

Aside from vacuum sealing them, clothing and other fabrics can be protected from creases by using the so-called “Bundle Approach.” While this approach is often used by travelers, people who use self-storage units — especially those who keep their suitcases inside these spaces — could also benefit from it.

This neat hack entails laying down layers of clothing and folding them on top of one another while hanging out of a suitcase or bag, thereby preventing creases.

6.   Cover the Storage Unit Floor with Thick Plastic Sheets

Since most self-storage units are built outside, you can try covering the unit’s floor with thick sheets of plastic. This will accomplish two things: protect the space from temperature changes and prevent condensation that often results in mildew and molds forming at the bottom of cardboard boxes.

7.   Use the Russian Doll Method for Empty Containers

If you need to put containers like drawers, dressers, and suitcases in your self-storage unit, you might as well use the space inside them through the Russian doll packing method. This particular trick entails storing smaller items inside bigger ones, taking the principle used in creating the infamous wooden dolls.

This way, you are ensured that no space is wasted. Of course, you would have to apply other hacks (like item no. 2 and no. 5 for storing clothing) on this list to protect your belongings from damage and flaws while using the Russian doll method.

Wise Use of Storage Equals Practical Use of Space

Whether you’re moving to a new neighborhood or you simply require additional storage space for your belongings that no longer fit in your living space, it’s likely that you’d want to take full advantage of the self-storage unit you rented from a trusted storage company in your location. The ideas listed in this article can help you make the most out of your self-storage unit and, ultimately, the money you used to pay for it.

AUTHOR BIO

Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.

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