Self Storage Tips: How to Best Pack for Self Storage

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Though self storage prices are exceedingly reasonable for the amount of storage space you receive, it is still understandable that you want to use absolutely every bit of space possible.  And, why not?  After all, if you’re paying for it you want to put it to good use.

But, in addition to getting your money’s worth and making the self storage prices really work for you, you also want to be sure that the goods you pack are safe and secure.  This is why we have a few self storage tips for you, this time to do with packing.

5 Self Storage Packing Tips

In the past we’ve discussed how to best pack your storage container for maximum space usage.  But this time we’d like to go a little deeper and discuss some of the best practices when it comes to pre-packing your belongings.  That is, the packing of your belongings into boxes etc. before those go into your storage unit.

  1. Use Boxes

It’s always a good idea to use boxes as placing loose belongings in storage leaves them open to dust and dirt accumulation, as well as the possibility of damage.

It’s also good to remember that boxes lose their strength over time, so the best way to ensure the safety of your goods is to opt for plastic boxes.  These also stack extremely well, which helps you pack your storage unit effectively.

  1. Don’t Equate Size with Weight

Many people tend to put their heaviest items in their biggest boxes.  This is a mistake as it means these boxes can become impossible to lift.  It also means that they stand more chance of breaking.  It is much better to place light items in large boxes and heavy items in smaller boxes.

  1. Fill Boxes to the Max

Half-filled boxes mean that the items might move around and be damaged in the loading/unloading process.  It is better to fill empty spaces with packing material like bubble wrap, towels, or even newspaper.

  1. Think about the Climate

Be careful what you seal in plastic bags.  Moisture trapped inside plastic can cause mildew or mould and completely ruin the items being contained.

  1. Label Wisely

Don’t just write ‘kitchen’ on a box full of all sorts of kitchen items.  Instead, list the items you place in the box.  This will help you remember exactly what’s in each box.  Furthermore, write the contents of each box on more than one side, because you never know which side will be obscured when it’s packed.