When packing anything in my car or my storage unit I tend to look at everything like Tetris. Yes Tetris, the game form the 80’s that had all the fun colored blocks where we had to maneuver to make everything fit just right. That game is the perfect example of using the allocated space given(your self storage unit) and different shaped blocks(all your belongings you need stored) to make sure you pack in the space to its full potential.
Pack and Organize your belongings before you get you get them to the storage unit. List, Label, and Mark: Before you start randomly throwing items into boxes, make a list and assign items to their appropriate box. Attach labels so that you know the contents of the boxes. It’s a good idea to jot down the replacement value of each item. If you ever have to file an insurance claim, you’ll be glad you spent the extra time. Take a minute to place a special mark on boxes that you may need to access frequently and be sure to number each box.
Identify Items that are Marked for Easy Access: Items that you will use frequently, or even yearly, should be packed last, in the front of the unit. Give extra thought to items that you may need sooner rather than later.
Organize a systematic layout: Create a general plan of how you’re going to organize furniture and boxes in your unit such as in Tetris. Put some thought into how you’ll place these items. Ideally, furniture and large appliances should be against a wall opposite the boxes. Leave space in the middle of the unit for easy access. Boxes that you’ll need to access frequently should be stored last. You’ll need a Master List that shows the box number, the identity of each item in the box, and the replacement value. This sounds troublesome, but you’ll be so glad you have this list when you’re looking for a specific item or if you ever need to make an insurance claim.
Another helpful tip is to Map Your Unit: Make a map of your stored boxes and items, place it on a clipboard, and hang it in a visible location in your unit. There’s no need to get too technical, a hand drawn sketch will work. This will make it easy to find the items that are “buried” in the back.
At first glance, these tasks seem like a lot of time and trouble, but the effort is definitely worth it. When the holidays or any special event arrives and you’re looking for those decorations or beach gear, you’ll find your item with ease.