Some of the more unusual self-storage tips to make your life simpler and more organised.
1. Handy tools
Keeping some basic stuff such as screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers and a utility knife around will pay-off when you need to remove something from your unit that needs re-assembling.
2. Map it!
No need for a treasure hunt each time you want to retrieve something from your unit. Simply scribble a basic map, pointing out locations for all those items you might need again. It doesn’t have t be a work of art, just a simple sketch will be really helpful. Then tack it to the wall and let your memory work hard elsewhere.
3. Dress for success
As it turns out, this works for beds and furniture, too. Simply cover and pad with protective materials designed specifically for them to help ensure they stay in perfect condition – just make sure you never use plastic covers as they can trap humid air underneath which can damage mattresses and other soft furnishings.
4. If walls could talk…
They’d say, “Welcome new boxes, but could you give us at least an inch of breathing space.” All will co-exist peacefully if you keep this distance in mind for proper air circulation when positioning boxes and larger items in your storage unit.
5. Divide and conquer
Allow for a clear path down the centre of your unit, placing items along the walls for easy access. Yes, you will want to reach the back part again — you know, for that thingamabob that goes with the thingamajig. And you won’t want to unload everything to find it.
5. Think “Front”
That is, plan to keep your frequently used items at the FRONT of your unit. Obvious really but we just had to say it… because we’ve seen what happens when you have to unload everything and unpack everything if you don’t.
7. Think “stack” when you pack
Make the best use of your space by stacking to the ceiling! To do this safely, pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes to provide a stable base, then place the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the stack. Voila! And, you do know, you can stack large items like beds, for instance, upright so they take up far less room.
8. Fume less
Drain the fuel tanks of lawnmowers, hedge-trimmers and leaf blowers before storing. Removing nasty fumes means you’ll never be angered by your oak dresser smelling like a lawnmower. Plus it makes good sense from a safety perspective.
9. Tip-toe is a no-no
Only bad things can happen when you’re tempted to over-reach. It’s not worth the risk of injuring yourself or damaging your own possessions. Instead, keep a folding step-stool inside your unit for accessing items stored above your head and forever hear only sweet words spoken inside your unit.
10. Storage within storage
Use any vacant interior space in cupboards, wardrobes, drawers and even the fridge and freezer for anything that fits. Books, lamps, tech, cushions, kitchenware etc. can all be stored in the space within other items… Just don’t forget when unloading to remove these items first .