Tips for Packing for a Storage Unit

How to Pack for a Storage Unit

Whether you’re moving, downsizing, or just need extra space in your home, apartment, or office, a storage unit is the best place to store all your stuff. If this is your first time needing extra storage space, you may be wondering how to pack a storage unit for the greatest efficiency. We have tips on how to pack 10×10 and 10×20, and other size units. The trick to getting the most out of your storage unit lies in what you are packing and how you pack it. We’ll guide you through the process so you get the most out of your money and space! Let’s get packing!

Understanding Your Storage Unit & Sizes

There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ in the world of storage units. At Fairfax City Self Storage, we have 10 different types of units, and each can serve a unique purpose. We’ll briefly go over the sizes.

Commercial Storage – best for businesses who want climate controlled storage units.

Car Storage – comes in 10×20, 10×25, 10×30, and 10×35 sizes. Climate control is available.

Small Size Storage Units – come in 4x4x4 and 4×5 sizes, about 64 – 80 cubic feet of Storage.

Medium Storage Units – come in 5×5, 5×10, 5×15 and measure from 75 – 400 cubic square feet.

  1. Indoor storage units are perfect for storing sensitive items since they offer protection from weather conditions.
  2. Climate-controlled units are ideal for items susceptible to extreme temperature changes, like artwork, musical instruments, or electronics.

When considering the size of the unit, remember that a well-organized smaller unit can often hold more than a poorly managed, larger one. Choosing a unit also involves considering how accessible you want your items to be. Plan for easy access to items you may need regularly. Read these tips on how to choose the best size so you get the most out of your unit.

Packing Your Storage Unit

You’ve picked the right unit, bribed a friend, and you’re ready to pack your unit. Make sure to get organized before the packing begins.

Pre-Packing Stage

Before the actual packing of the storage unit begins, it’s crucial to get organized. Sort through your items, deciding what to keep, sell, donate, or discard. Cleaning your items before storing them is always a good idea, as it prevents dirt or bacteria from spreading within the unit. It’s also wise to create an inventory list. It may seem tedious, but this list will become your best friend when you need to locate your items later.

Packing Supplies and Materials

Now that we’ve sorted our items, it’s time to gather packing supplies. Investing in quality materials is always a good idea. Don’t rely on flimsy boxes or throwing things in willy-nilly.

  • Sturdy boxes will hold up better over time and prevent damage to your items.
  • Bubble wrap and packing paper will add an extra layer of protection for your belongings.
  • Furniture covers and mattress bags can help keep dust and insects at bay.
  • Lastly, don’t forget your markers for clear labeling. This will make the unpacking process a breeze!

Best Practices for Packing Items

Knowing how to pack items properly into a storage unit will be a game-changer. For fragile items, using plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper can prevent breakage. Books should be packed flat to avoid damaging their spines. Electronics are best packed in their original boxes if possible, but if not, sturdy boxes with plenty of padding work just fine.

When it comes to larger items, disassemble the furniture if possible to save space. Remember, weight distribution in boxes is vital. Too heavy, and they could break; too light, and they may tip over. Also, never put fragile items on the bottom of a stack.

Organizing Your Storage Unit

Ever played Tetris? Well, packing a storage unit is like a real-life version of the game. Start by creating a floor plan. This doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple sketch will do, but it can save you time and headaches.

For medium and large size units, always leave an aisle for easy access to your items, the best is in the center and generally a body’s width in size.

Stacking strategy is essential – think heavy items on the bottom, lighter ones on top. Frequently accessed items? Keep those near the front of the unit for easy retrieval.

When you load up your boxes to transport to the storage unit, load them according to heavy, light etc. This will save time when you unpack your truck or car at the storage unit. Lastly, it is important to keep the labels facing out so you can easily see what is in the box.

Maintaining Your Storage Unit

Now that everything’s packed, our job is done, right? Not quite. Regular visits to the storage unit are essential to keep your storage unit in top shape. Look out for signs of damage to boxes that may come from pests. If you see evidence of pests or rodents, inform your storage unit manager.

When pulling out items or adding to the unit, be sure to keep your inventory list updated.

Pack it! Stack it! Make Room for What Counts!

And there you have it, folks. Taking time to pack as efficiently as possible helps you make the most out of your unit and keeps your possessions in the best condition. Fairfax City Self Storage has several options when it comes to storage unit sizes. From the ground floor, 2nd-floor indoor storage units, and climate-controlled storage units for short or long-term, we got you covered. Contact us for all your storage needs in the Fairfax area. Happy packing!

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