Ever wonder how to pack a storage unit to maximize your space?
There are several tips below that will show you how to store your items, which will save you time and space.
The right packing material is key
If you are using moving boxes from a company that provides moving and storage products, you can get moving supplies and packing material that will make the process much easier. Bubble wrap, a Sharpie marker, and a tape gun might just be your best friends during this process.
Label your inventory
Be sure to label all sides of your boxes to identify the contents and be sure to stack the boxes so that the main label faces outward. Plan on forgetting the contents after you’ve stepped away for a bit. Labeling will save you time later!
Give some thought to the items you plan to pack and store. Pack like items together when you can and make sure you wrap all fragile items to avoid breakage, damage, or scratching. Make sure you don’t pack or store anything combustible (such as paint, chemicals, or propane tanks) or anything perishable. Place those items you feel will be frequently accessed toward the front or on the isle for easy access. And, don’t over pack boxes. A two-person lift items and/or boxes should be on the bottom of the stack. You could also consider furniture covers and moving pads to keep items off the floor or as a buffer between items whenever possible.
- Clothes – consider investing in a wardrobe box to allow clothes to hang.
- Upholstered items – wrap with bags or sheets to protect from dust.
- Bedding – consider vacuum-sealed bags to condense and protect.
- Photos – think about a temperature-controlled environment.
- Electrical equipment – pack in their original boxes when possible.
- Wood/leather items – treat with oil or polish to protect prior to storage.
- Appliances – seal openings and exposed areas.
- Stack up not out
Start with the heaviest items and place them on the bottom. If you are able to remove legs or wheels to reduce shifting, that’s a good idea. Make sure weight of items (including contents of boxes) is evenly distributed to avoid collapsing, leaning or falling. Measure height of storage unit to see if your contents can be stored on its end such as mattresses and be sure to maximize “dead” space such as empty drawers. Fill them if it makes sense. Also, sometimes it’s a space-saver if you disassemble items such as bed frames, tables, etc.
Leave a path
Often times, we pack and store in haste never giving consideration to the fact that we might need to visit our storage unit to add-to or retrieve items from the unit. Leaving a walking path for easy access will serve you well later. Think this step through before placing your first box!
Need more helpful tips or ideas? Call us and we’ll be happy to help!
You can’t put too high a price on security when you’re looking at self-storage. After all, we take the time to make sure that our home is adequately secure to protect belongings and it’s no different in self-storage.
All self-storage facilities will have a range of security measures in place. These can range from the basic to the hi-tech and your self-storage choice may well hinge on how comfortable you feel with the options on offer. You may also make a decision based on the value of the goods you store. If you’re storing valuable and irreplaceable heirlooms then you’ll probably opt for state of the art systems. If your storage items are easily replaced and of no real sentimental or monetary value then you may make a more basic choice.
Your first move should be to visit a few self-storage sites and see for yourself just how secure they seem. Seeing a self-storage facility with gaping holes in perimeter fences, dark corridors with insufficient CCTV coverage and no guard on site at night might just put you off. Although you are responsible for padlocking your own unit, the strongest padlock is no defence against a determined thief. » Continue reading…
Edina Mini-Storage is not only an ideal solution for the individual or family but can also work extremely well for businesses of all sizes. As the self-storage industry has evolved, so has its range of services, which can be utilized by business users to help them operate more cost-effectively. Many assume that the only business use a self-storage facility can offer is storage – the reality is that many are now offering a complete range of services such as mail-boxes, office facilities, showers and coffee/meeting rooms that can help any business on a daily basis. Some self-storage facilities even specialize solely for commercial use with purpose built storage units to meet every business need.
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During the self-storage process, it will be worthwhile taking some time to plan exactly how to pack you items in the most efficient manner to utilize the given storage space. Keep in mind that most people pick a particular unit size based on price. A smaller well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is poorly organized.
When organizing a self-storage unit, there are two key things that should be considered. Firstly, you should make sure that the items you’ve stored can be accessed easily so they can be obtained in a quick and efficient manner at a later date if needed. Secondly, care should be taken when storing your items. Below are a few tips to consider while going through the process of organizing your self-storage space and ensuring everything is cared for. » Continue reading…
At Edina Mini-Storage, we do not just offer solutions for storing standard items, but can also be a cost effective and secure way of storing cars, boats, RV’s, and motorcycles. We have outdoor secure storage spaces ranging in size from 9×20 to 12×35 to meet everyone’s needs.
Many consumers simply do not have the space necessary to park a recreational vehicle at their home and/or local government regulations may prohibit them from doing so. RV/Boat self-storage at Edina Mini-Storage is an ideal solution for these consumers. Most recreational vehicles cost a fair share of money and using self-storage will help you keep them safe for those times when you don’t need to use them. Our facility is entirely enclosed by a fence with 24 hour digital video surveillance. We have a personalized access code security system allowing our outdoor storage customers to access their recreational vehicles from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM daily.
When choosing a self-storage facility there are a few things you should consider. Location always seems to be the main factor people look at when selecting a storage facility, however security and access features should also be considered. Edina Mini-Storage is your neighborhood self-storage facility conveniently located near the intersection of I494 and HWY 100. Our facility has over 20 different types of storage units ranging in size from 5×5 to 12×30 including climate controlled self-storage units, non-climate controlled self-storage units, and secure outdoor car, boat, and RV spaces. » Continue reading…
There are some self-storage companies throughout the Twin Cities area that offer packing as an additional service. However, this is typically offered at an additional expense leaving most to pack their belongings themselves. Properly packing a self-storage unit is an art form as you will need to put some thought into it before you begin. After all, one of the primary advantages of using a self-storage facility is the fact that you can continue to access your items on an as needed basis.
When packing a storage unit, it is important to pack your items in a manner that they can be located at a later date quickly and without having to unload unloading everything. This can be achieved by making an inventory of what you’ve packed, marking each box, and creating a description of where each item that you have stored is located within your storage space. The small amount of extra time required upfront to make an inventory and description of your stored belongings will save you several hours potentially when it comes to finding a particular item in your storage unit at a later date. At Edina Mini-Storage we sell several different moving supplies, boxes, markers, and labels to ensure that your belongings are properly packaged and labeled prior to being placed in a storage unit. A few other packing and storage recommendations to consider include: » Continue reading…