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A Beginner's Guide to Self-Storage

If you have never used a self-storage facility before, you need to know the best way to store your items in these kinds of units. Our beginner's guide to self-storage will walk you through the self-storing process.

The Different Ways to Use Self-Storage

One important thing to know about self-storage is that people use the unit for many different reasons. If you are planning to move soon, a storage unit is a great option to store your belongings, from clothes and books to exercise equipment and furniture.

A storage unit is also extremely helpful if you are planning to remodel your house. During the remodel, you can place many of your items in the unit so that they won't get damaged.

If you have a lot of collections, you may want to use a storage unit to keep your valuables safe. On the other hand, a storage unit is a great option to store your non-seasonal items or things that you just aren't using.

As you can see, there are many different reasons why a storage unit may come in handy. Regardless of your unique needs, a storage unit will be able to help keep your valuables safe and sound all year long.

How To Find The Best Storage Unit For Your Needs

Now that you know the many different uses of a storage unit, it's time to discover how to select the most appropriate unit for your needs. With so many self-storage options available, how do you even know where to begin?

Here are some essential questions to ask yourself while you are choosing a storage facility.

After asking these important questions, you should be well on your way to choosing a storage unit that is right for your needs.

Important Self-Storage Tips:

Pack Carefully

Although packing can be boring, the process can save your materials from being damaged when it's done correctly.

First things first: Make sure to demount items such as beds, stands, and cabinets before you pack them. Not only will this tip prevent things from being damaged, it will also save you some space in your unit. We all could use a little extra space in our units, right?

When you're packing potentially breakable items, it's a good idea to wrap them separately. Don't forget to label each item with "fragile." By doing so, the movers will know to handle the objects with extra care. These tips for fragile items will ensure that everything arrives to its destination in one piece.

Another important tip to keep in mind is to stay consistent with box sizes. When you choose one or two sizes, the boxes will be much easier to stack.

Labeling Is Important

As mentioned briefly above, it's in your best interest to label the items you plan to place in your storage unit. While the task may be tedious, you'll be able to quickly access the items many years down the road if you label everything correctly the first time. As you are labeling the boxes, you'll want to make sure that the writing is clearly visible. 

Arrange Your Boxes Orderly

When it comes to storing boxes in your storage unit, it's important to arrange your boxes in a systematic way. Depending on the size and layout of the storage unit, you may want to consider storing the boxes in columns or rows. Just remember to leave enough space so that you can actually reach everything when you need to. If you don't leave at least a foot between the rows, you may end up destroying your arrangement when you have to search for an item quickly. Of course, no one wants to mess up an arrangement that took a lot of time to make. For the best results, keep these tips in mind when arranging your boxes in a storage unit. Trust us, you'll definitely be glad that you did.

Stacking Can Be Helpful

As you are carefully arranging your boxes, you may want to consider the stacking technique. One tip is to place heavy items on the bottom and then stack lighter boxes on top. Heavy items may include books and dishes while lighter items are Christmas decorations and toys. When you stack boxes in this manner, it's unlikely that the items will tilt over or collapse. Just imagine going into your storage unit with neatly stacked boxes. You'll be able to find what you're looking for in a cinch.

Keep An Inventory List

Whether you are storing decorations, clothes, movies, or dishes, it's always a great idea to keep a detailed inventory of the items that you have in storage. When you do this, you'll be able to know which items are missing during theft. In addition, you should also consider taking photographs of all of your items.

Trust My Space Self-Storage

My Space Self-Storage can be trusted for all of your storing needs! Please give us a call or contact us online today to determine how we can help you store your items safely. We look forward to talking with you soon!