If you need somewhere to put away all the unused stuff cluttering your house, a storage solutions service can provide you with a self-storage unit of whichever size you require. That's just the first and easy part. The remaining part is that you have to pack your belongings inside the unit in a manner that maximises the available space, and this is something that most new storage unit users do not know how to do. If you are thinking about renting a self-storage unit and want to make the most use out of the available space, here are a number of useful packing tips you should follow.
Pack up small items in boxes and bins
Small items can be major space wasters if they are haphazardly thrown into your storage unit. Make sure books, clothing, toys, Halloween costumes, Christmas decorations, kitchenware, and other small items are all packed up in boxes and/or bins before they are moved into your storage space. Packing up the small items will leave you with fewer, more compact loads that take up less storage space. Make sure the heavier items go into your packing boxes and bins first and then place the lighter items on top. This way, it will be easier for you to lift and carry the loads. Any breakables must be wrapped in bubble wrap, towels, or old newspaper to prevent them from breaking.
Stacking up boxes can save you plenty of storage space since it allows you to make the most out of your storage unit's height, while saving up floor space. But it is important for you to make sure that the stacks are secure. Therefore, it is a good idea to place ply boards between layers of boxes to ensure everything stays level and steady.
Disassemble whenever possible
Take apart bed frames, the legs of dining tables, and any other large household item that can be dismantled. You can save a lot of storage space by breaking apart the large items into easy-to-store fragments.
If your storage unit comes with shelving, make sure to use them, as this will help you maximise your vertical space. If there is no shelving, ask your storage unit provider if you can install your own shelving. If you stack up boxes too high, the bottom ones can crush under too much weight. Shelving not only helps you capitalise on the height of your storage facility but stack boxes safely as well.