Self-storage is one of the most practical ways for regular people and businesses to store their goods and possessions. Private citizens can use self-storage to store furniture during a move or get clutter out of their homes, while companies can benefit from self-storage to keep their excess inventory safe and secure.
Storage space isn’t free, so in this article, we’re going to take a look at how to maximise your storage unit space so that you can get the most out of it.
Tip #1: Store Your Most-Used Items At The Front
Although storage units can be highly 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: Use Shelving
Although shelving takes up space in your unit, it helps to create additional space overall, especially in the vertical direction. Packing a self-storage unit shouldn’t be about cramming as much stuff into a volume as possible and then hoping for the best. You want to be able to retrieve your possessions in good condition conveniently. You don’t want them damaged by other items weighing down on them from above.
Simply piling one thing on top of another is likely to lead to damage, crushed boxes and scratched up furniture. That’s why many people install shelving. Shelving helps you make the most of the vertical space in your storage unit while at the same time reducing the risk of damage.
Shelving makes sense when you have a lot of smaller items that you want to access quickly. With an organised shelving system, you can quickly find the things you need without having to spend time rummaging through boxes and creating a mess.
Tip #3: Start On The Outside And Work Inwards
When approaching any storage space, you want to maximise the volume that you have for your possessions while at the same time making sure that they remain accessible. It’s good practice, therefore, to begin by lining the edge of your storage unit with shelving, 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. Make sure you leave a space between the items around the edge and those in the middle so that you can access both, should you require.
Tip #4: 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.
Many large items are natural candidates for vertical storage, especially things like mattresses and bed frames. Orientating them vertically saves room for items that require more horizontal space.
Tip #5: Create A Layout Of Your Storage Space
Having a plan of where everything will go can be useful for both businesses and private customers. With a plan, you can quickly determine where you put particular items, enabling you to find them quickly when you come to retrieve them.
Tip #6: 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.
Tip #7: Be Seasonal
Many businesses rely on seasonal promotions or advertising. Therefore, they need somewhere to store promotional materials until the appropriate time of year arrives again. Retailers, for instance, don’t need Christmas signage all year round and can, therefore, benefit from self-storage to keep these items safe until the following seasons.
Private customers can benefit too. Rather than storing all their Christmas decorations in a cupboard, taking up space, self-storage allows them to get it out of the house until the time comes to use it again.
Rotating your storage by seasonal usage can, therefore, help to maximise your use of space.