While this tip may not technically save you any space in your storage unit, it will make your life much easier when you need to get something out of storage. Labeling every box and bin inside your unit makes it fast and simple to find what you’re looking for. If you move and store your belongings while waiting to get into your next home, this will make it much easier to find what you need until you unpack and move storage into your new space. If you don’t label your boxes, your only other options would be to leave the items you need out in the open, which would take up a lot of wasted space, or to dig through every box to find what you need each time.
The space-saving tips for self-storage on this list, this tip might be the most time-consuming. But depending on the types of items that you’re storing in your unit, it might also be the most important. If you have large furniture items like desks, beds, dining sets, and more, these can take up a lot of space and leave you with lots of awkward empty gaps that can be a challenge to fill. This means you’re likely to end up with a lot of wasted space. Dismantling your furniture can help with this. If you’re able to, take apart as much of your furniture as possible, so that you can pack items in flat to make the most of your space.
Purge What You Don’t Think You’ll Use
One simple way to free up more space in your storage unit is to purge any items that you are unlikely to ever use again.It can be tempting to hold onto furniture or keepsakes. But if you are unlikely to ever take them out of storage and place them in your home, then you’re wasting money to store something that you no longer need.Unless the items have sentimental value, consider selling or donating them to clear up some space.
Pack Heavy Items on the Bottom
If you fill your storage unit without much thought to strategizing where you place things, you’ll likely end up with leaning piles. Or you might simply choose not to pack items very high. But making the most of the vertical space in your storage unit can give you a lot of extra room to store things. To do this, start by packing your heaviest items on the bottom of your unit. This will help you create a solid base. Then, continue stacking, saving the lightest, smallest items for the very top.
Protect Fragile Items Better
If you’re busy worrying about not bumping your favorite picture frames or shattering mirrors you’ve placed in storage, you aren’t going to be able to make the most of your space. Packing your fragile belongings better will allow you to protect them with ease, and to not worry about leaving them a wide berth in storage. Old blankets packed into boxes containing breakable items is one great trick. For larger items, consider wrapping them carefully in bubble wrap and taping it in place. Use bubble wrap and other materials when storing dishes and glassware. Pack similar items in the same box and fill empty spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper.
Sometimes the best way to make the most of your storage unit is to get creative with your packing. Once you’ve stacked furniture and your new, uniform boxes, consider your remaining space. Thin gaps between boxes can be filled with posters, picture frames, or mirrors. Extra space on top of your piles could be a great place to tuck blankets, comforters, and throw pillows. The front of your locker might just have enough space to tuck your bike, a vacuum cleaner, or other tough-to-pack items.
Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.