When we pack a storage unit, I think of it like packing a moving truck. The main aim is to utilise the maximum available space and keep possessions damage free. We have made moving and storage our business and have learned some lessons along the way. One of the most important has been that when you pack a storage unit properly, a well-executed plan goes a long way.
CREATE AN INVENTORY
Before you begin to pack, make a detailed list of everything that will go into the storage unit. An inventory makes it easy when you need to access your storage unit to remember what is in your unit and where it is packed. If you ever need to make an insurance claim in case of disasters such as fires or flooding your inventory will be incredibly useful, particularly if you have photos to accompany the list.
CLEAN EVERYTHING BEFORE STORING
Opening a fridge or washing machine after a few months in storage that is not clean can have some pretty nasty consequences. Empty all food, waste water etc. out of electrical items and ensure nothing perishable is packed into boxes. Using damp-rid silicon packets in my boxes can soak up any excess moisture that you may have bought into your unit from a damp house or from moving in the rain, as can vacuum packing.
BOX AND COVER EVERYTHING
Utilising all available space and preventing damage are always our two primary goals when packing storage units. To achieve this, whenever possible use uniformly sized boxes to pack all the items and mattress and furniture covers to protect large pieces. Use boxes that are strong with flat, non-slippery surfaces and can be stacked high and utilise all the available vertical space. Old banana boxes may seem great at the time, but they do tend to cause some unwanted damage.
PACK YOUR ITEMS TIGHTLY
Leave no space in a box unused! By packing possessions tightly inside your boxes, it prevents breakages and sunken boxes.
LABEL THE BOXES
Don't forget what you have in your boxes. We are specific when labelling boxes, everything is itemised on the outside, and a different colour permanent marker used for each room in the house, so we know which room they belong to when we move them back into a home. Once in the storage unit all the labels face towards the door and/or the aisle so they can be identified easily. Smart Move tapes can be brilliant for this.
LEAVE ROOM FOR EASY ACCESS
Sometimes items end up in storage much longer than originally anticipated. So when moving possessions into a storage unit draw a plan with an aisle creating an access way and ensure all boxes you may need to access are on the aisle or at the front.
STACK THE HEAVIEST ITEMS AT THE BACK
Mattresses, fridges and washing machines can cause damage both to you and smaller items if they happen to fall. Stack them against the wall at the back with other heavy items between them and put the lighter small boxes on top.