Plan your storage unit layout:
It’s easier to think about the accessibility of your unit while it’s empty. When there isn’t anything in it, you have the opportunity to plan where you want things. Make a mental note or even draw it out. Put the largest things in the back of the unit so you can easily access other items. Make sure there is a walk way or a path so you can access the items in the back of the unit.
Label your boxes and know what you’re putting away:
Make a list and keep track of everything you put in your storage unit. Label your boxes with the general idea of what’s in them and which room they belong to. If you have several rooms of boxes, maybe organize the unit by rooms. If you feel extra organized, color code each label and keep a log of which color is what.
Put the heavy things on the bottom:
Make sure your heavy items are on the bottom of the pile to avoid collapsed boxes and breaking fragile items. If putting furniture in your unit, stack them close and use them as shelves for other boxes. Keep in mind there are places inside your furniture that can be used as storage areas as well. Use the bookshelves, inside the empty refrigerator and the cabinets in the TV stand to hold smaller boxes and items.
Prevent your unit from getting dirty. Make sure everything you put in your unit is clean already so it doesn’t accumulate dust or dirt while in storage. Avoid putting anything perishable or food of any kind in your unit to keep bugs out.
Storing Appliances and Equipment:
Appliances with doors should be stored with the doors slightly open. Electrical appliances should be completely clean and dry – defrost freezers and refrigerators, drain washing mashines completely. When preparing metal tools and equipment for storage, you should drain the fuel completely. A rub down with some oil will also help to prevent rust from forming.
Keep your unit secure:
Purchase strong locks and don’t give anyone your code. Make sure your lock is secure and keep the keys in a safe place. Your storage unit is full of your things, why would you want to put it in danger by giving people any codes or spare keys? Don’t do it! As you leave and after you close your unit completely, remember to check your locks and keypads and make sure they are closed and secure.
Do not store these items:
- Live animals
- Flammable liquids and fuels
- Toxic materials
- Any items that need to be in a controlled environment