Let’s face it, we all have a little bit of a hoarding side to us. For the most part, the average person is simply interesting in preserving memories, not piling useless junk to the roof. One useful way to keep precious items in your life without leaving yourself in a clutter coma is to rent a storage unit, but prepping for storage is a must if you hope to avoid ruining your belongings.
If you don’t have enough space in your new abode, or you just want to reduce the mounds of miscellaneous stuff, you could opt for a storage unit. Here are a few sure fire tips to make it worth the monthly bill:
Common Sense. Just like with a move from point A to point B, you must use common moving procedures. Glass should be separated and insulated from breakage with newspaper. Heavier items should be placed on the bottom of boxes, and intelligent stacking should be used to avoid complete cave-ins. The last thing you want is to arrive at your unit weeks later to find a completely collapsed piled of junk.
Reuse Furniture. If you’re storing a dresser or a wardrobe, use it for its intended purpose! Fill the drawers with things you intend to store, but make sure to protect them against dust or other environmental elements. This method will give you more bang for your buck and even help to keep your things in better shape.
Break it Down. It is worth taking the time to plan for a storage unit’s interior. You don’t necessarily have to sketch out a plan, but it may help to go in with a general idea of where everything will go. It is beneficial to be extra-meticulous when it comes to cramming everything into your unit safely and without damage. If you are a type B personality, consider getting an organized, slightly OCD friend or family member to help you arrange the organization scheme to maximize space.
Within Reach. If there are items that you use seasonally, load them in last. For example, holiday decorations or summer gear. These things shouldn’t be piled behind huge mattresses or heavy furniture. Keep them near the door for easy access.
Location, Location. Where your storage unit is located can be important. In areas prone to flooding, it is intelligent to rent a unit at a higher elevation. If you live in areas with heavy snowfall, it may be worth choosing one that won’t be treacherous to access during harsh weather. Put simply, try to visualize yourself making the trek to your unit at any time during the year. You don’t want to risk your belongings to damage simply out of convenience and proximity to your home.