Here are some of the best practices in terms of using your self-storage unit:

  1. Choose the Right Storage Unit Size: Select a storage unit size that comfortably accommodates your belongings without overcrowding. A slightly larger unit might be worth the investment to ensure your items have enough space.
  2. Pack Efficiently and Strategically:
    • Use sturdy, uniform-sized boxes for easy stacking and organization.
    • Fill boxes to their capacity, but avoid over-packing to prevent damage.
    • Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top of boxes.
    • Disassemble large furniture to save space and prevent damage.
  3. Label Clearly: Label each box with its contents for easy identification. This will help you find items without having to open every box.
  4. Create an Inventory: Keep a detailed inventory of what you’ve stored in the unit. This will help you keep track of your belongings and provide a reference in case of loss or damage.
  5. Use Protective Materials:
    • Use bubble wrap, packing paper, and furniture covers to protect delicate items.
    • Cover mattresses and upholstered furniture with protective covers to prevent dust and moisture buildup.
  6. Opt for Climate Control: If you’re storing items that are sensitive to temperature or humidity changes (such as wooden furniture, electronics, or antiques), consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit.
  7. Maximize Vertical Space: Utilize the full height of the storage unit by stacking boxes and items vertically. Place frequently accessed items towards the front.
  8. Leave Aisles: Create clear pathways within the storage unit to access items without having to move everything around.
  9. Use Shelving and Pallets: If allowed, use shelves, racks, or wooden pallets to keep items off the ground and reduce the risk of moisture damage.
  10. Regularly Maintain: Check on your stored items periodically to ensure they’re in good condition. Address any signs of pests, moisture, or damage promptly.
  11. Secure Valuables: If you’re storing valuable items, consider using a locked storage cabinet or container within the unit for added security.
  12. Insurance: Consider getting insurance coverage for your stored items. Some storage facilities offer insurance options, or you can check if your homeowners or renters insurance covers items in storage.
  13. Pack a “Last-In, First-Out” Box: Keep an easily accessible box with items you might need before everything else. This way, you won’t have to rummage through your storage to find essentials.
  14. Respect Rules and Regulations: Follow the rules and guidelines set by the storage facility. This includes rules about access hours, prohibited items, and other facility-specific regulations.
  15. Properly Close the Unit: When you’re done accessing your storage unit, make sure it’s properly locked and secured to prevent unauthorized access.