The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Storage
Once or twice in your life you will have to turn to storing your belonging with a storage company, since it isn’t something we do every day finding a starting point can be difficult. Here I will go over how to determine what type of storage facility is right for you and your storing needs. Following the steps in this article will make your storing experience a breezy and make you feel like an expert in the end.
Where do I Start?
I know how big, now how much?
How do I know what Amenities I want?
Knowing what you’re storing is going to make this process much easier and why I suggest you do it at the beginning. If you will be storing documents, antiques, or fragile items a climate control unit would be ideal vs if you are storing furniture, tools, or outdoor supplies where you wouldn’t need to keep them cool, dry, or protected from the elements. Let’s say you are helping your grandmother move some stuff into storage but she need to be able to access it, do you want the drive up unit or the 3rd floor unit? While I can go through a list of scenarios these are generally going to be the main factors you think of for which storage amenities you want. Who am I storing for, what am I storing, how much space do I need.
Picked a place and now to pack
Remember to pick a storage facility that is within a 5 mile radius at max you don’t want to have to travel back and forth long distances. Once you have cover the first part of storing yours or your loved ones belonging you will need to get the supplies to make the process easier. Things like boxes tape, protective covers, and bubble wrap are always at the top of the list. Some places will even have moving kits already put together. After you have all you supplies you will need to pack them, here are a few moving tips.
- Boxes should be lined on the bottom with bubble wrap or newspaper for cushioning.
- Any glass and fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap.
- Put larger, heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.
Pack similar shapes in the same box to maximize space, IE Plates and books can be stacked vertically together.
- Make sure you don’t over pack the boxes, make them a weight that is manageable.
- Fill empty space in your box with paper or bubble wrap to ensure things don’t rattle around and possibly break.
- Make sure all storage boxes are secured with several pieces of tape making sure all items are safe and the boxes won’t open on your way to the storage facility.
- Making sure all boxes are labeled is an easy way to keep your storage organized when you need to retrieve items.
- Make sure boxes with items that are breakable in them are labeled “fragile”