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As businesses start to open after the COVID-19 lockdown, many are facing financial issues and challenges. Numerous businesses owners are finding that working from home quite manageable and they feel that forking out monies for large office an extravagance and extra expense they could do without. 

Small wonder many businesses are looking at working differently in a world that has changed in a matter of a couple of weeks. Many are sadly closing shop, too, which has resulted in an excess of office furniture and devices that have no formal home for the interim period. Self-storage is the way of moving forward while decisions are being made. 

Here are some smart ideas on how to pack those items that are going into storage 

  • Plan at length which items need to be stored and which should remain, if any remains at all. Find an Easy Store self-storage unit that is convenient and preferably one closest in location to where you are going to be based. If you are planning to access your unit from time to time this will cut back on travelling time
  • Pack systematically – categorise everything that needs easy accessibilitye such as files stock etc. Labelling is all-important. By itemising and creating an inventory both onsite and offsite will prove to be your saving grace at a later stage. Colour coding boxes and containers and using numbers to reference will make the task easier at a later stage. Wherever possible, ditch the filing and instead use the cloud for filing. File everything in alphabetical order
  • An inventory list will help with packing, filing and is a brilliant way to ensure you are not insuring items you no longer have
  • Use the right materials to pack like a pro. Similar sized boxes wherever possible will help. Get the right type of packing supplies. Sensitive documents, office equipment and office equipment need to be packed correctly in advance 

List of supplies you should invest in 

  • Sturdy cardboard or plastic boxespreferably uniform in size for easing pack 
  •  If you still have the original boxes that you bought your equipment in, these are perfect for protecting items – particularly your electronic equipment 
  • Plenty of unprinted newspaper – ask your packers  
  • Bubble wrap (we all need bubble wrap for packing) – this is excellent for packing electronics 
  • Buff tape – good quality tape is a no-brainer. Cheap tape will only break 
  • Marking pens 
  • Container seals with unique numbers
  • The correct unit size is important when selecting self-storage units. With a range of units to suit your needs, you will save money and time
  • It is important to pack strategically inside the storage unit – items you need to access often should be placed in the front of the unit, and those you won’t need often should be placed at the back
  • Use desk drawers for small items and any screws, nuts and bolts that you will need to access to put the furniture back together. Tape screws and bolts into the relevant pieces of furniture to ensure nothing gets lost
  • Leave a passage between your items so that you can access everything easily. Going vertical is a great option to ensure you make use of all the space available
  • Take full advantage of the services Easy Store offers – we come to you with your unit, you pack, or we can pack on your behalf. We then transport the packed unit to a warehouse boasting high-tech security
  • Fridges or freezers should be stored only once they are completely dry. Always store these items with their doors open as this will prevent them from building up mildew 
  • Ensure all metal items are given a once-over with a rust protective layer and that they are 100% dry before packing away 

Even if you are not moving offices or downsizing – businesses make use of self-storage all the time as this will give them the flexibility to focus on expansion and growth.