You want to keep all of your items safe and secure and utilize your storage unit effectively. Find out how to pack a storage unit and maximize your space.
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A situation has come up and you’re now in need of a storage unit. You may be thinking that all of your items needing storage aren’t going to fit inside a single unit no matter the size. As you stand there looking at all your personal belongings, you feel overwhelmed.
Not only is there a lot of stuff to store away, but you’re not sure how to pack a storage unit in the first place. You have many loved items and some are more fragile than others. Some might also be shaped awkwardly and figuring out how to place them together is beginning to feel like an advanced level of Tetris.
Fortunately, we’re here to tell you this: Don’t Panic! We’ve put together a list of eight ways to pack your storage unit while maximizing your space! Continue reading below to learn more.
1. Toss the Trash
Before even beginning the process, the first thing you need to do is toss the trash. Nothing takes up more space in a storage unit than items that could or should have been thrown away or donated. Don’t throw everything into storage bins to get it out of the way.
If you don’t see yourself ever using an item again, then it’s time to donate it or sell it to someone who will use it. You should also create a pile for recyclables and trash. Get this stuff out of the way before doing anything else.
2. Stay Consistent
Now you’ll need to do is figure out what you’re going to be storing your items in. When selecting boxes to place your belongings into, you want to stay consistent. Plastic bags are prone to rips and tears while cardboard boxes are prone to caving in under pressure.
Our advice is to use plastic bins as they’re more stable and durable. Be sure to use all of the same size plastic bins. If you have multiple sizes, it’ll become much harder to place them neatly on top of one another and save space.
Once you’ve placed all of your items into the same sized plastic bins, label everything. Labeling or not labeling won’t help you save space, but it’s another friendly word of advice. This will make it a lot easier when you need to find stuff inside the unit.
3. Use the Brick Wall Technique
After the first step, you’ll want to begin stacking your plastic bins using the brick wall technique. Rather than placing them directly on top of one another, stacking them like a brick wall creates more stable stacking. Do keep in mind that this technique will only work if you’re using the same size of bins.
Because this technique is so sturdy, you’ll be able to stack the boxes to the top of the storage unit if needed, fully maximizing the space. Another added benefit is that when needing to grab something out of the unit, you can simply take out the one bin from the wall without having to unstack anything. You’ll then slide it back into its place when you’re done.
4. Take Apart Furniture
Although taking apart all of your heavy and large furniture items might seem like a hassle, it’s worth it. Sure, it’s a time-consuming process, but you’re going to maximize your storage unit space by doing so. Trying to place these large and awkwardly shaped items into the unit without disassembling them will leave you with open spaces that are hard to fill.
All tables, desks, beds, and anything else that can be disassembled should be. After disassembling, if there are any small parts, place them in a bin. The larger parts can now be laid down flat or placed flat up against the walls.
5. Go with Adjustable Shelving
You may not be allowed to install shelving in your storage unit. However, you can place free-standing shelves inside of it. Our advice is to use adjustable shelving so that the shelves can be adjusted depending on what items you need to place on them.
You can also consider using larger shelving units to place your bins on if you’re worried that you have too many heavy items and aren’t comfortable with stacking them.
6. Protect Fragile Items
Your fragile items mean a lot to you and you’re tempted to leave them off to the side or in the middle of the unit with nothing else around them. Although this is one way to keep them safe, it’s also a sure way to take up space. Instead, protect your fragile items fully using bubble wrap or blankets and place them inside the bins or up against the walls of the unit if they’re larger items.
You’ll have peace of mind knowing that these items are safe, and you’ll be maximizing your space!
7. Fill Every Gap
The very last tip for you on our list is to fill in every gap. This is the time when you might need to get a bit creative. It’s the last step when packing your storage unit.
Once you see that everything is in its place, you can then look for small gaps between bins, shelves, furniture and more. These are the perfect places for posters, blankets, mirrors, picture frames, and much more! Any small space that you see is usable!
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Do You Know How to Pack a Storage Unit?
If you weren’t sure how to pack a storage unit before, we sure hope that you do now! With the help of this guide, every personal item needing storage should fit neatly inside your unit.
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