Self-storage can be incredibly helpful for lots of people in various situations: storing belongings whilst you’re moving home, or if you’re planning to go travelling, if your children have flown the nest but left their childhood belongings at home, students travelling between a university ‘home’ and home, or even if you need to regularly access large items, such as bikes, but you don’t have space for them at home.
However, you could end up renting a larger unit than you need or taking out several units that you don’t actually need. It’s important to learn how to pack your storage unit to make the most of your space! A question that we get asked often at Masons Self Storage is: how do I make maximise the space in my self-storage unit? So, we’ve created this handy guide to help you make the most of the space in your self-storage unit!
Does it Bring You Joy?
Before you move anything into storage, take the opportunity to declutter your belongings first! There’s no point in storing items that you no longer have any need for or are broken. We are big fans of Marie Kondo here at Masons Self Storage, but if you haven’t heard of her methods before, she suggests sorting through your items and asking if it brings you joy. By sorting your belongings into piles of: to keep, to sell, to donate and to throw away, you’re reducing the amount of things that clutter your life and instead only keeping the things that bring you joy.
Think Ahead and Be Prepared
Store your belongings thoughtfully to save yourself future stress! Put your most frequently used items or things you’ll need access to often near the front of your self-storage unit. This will allow you to quickly access the box or item that you need without having to go through everything!
If you’re like most people, your belongings are packed in a variety of odds and ends boxes, plastic storage boxes, and bin bags. However, this means that the boxes don’t stack as well, bags might rip and it’s harder to access things when you need them! If you’re in need of some high-quality packaging supplies and storage boxes, take a look at our online Packaging Shop.
Extra Tip: Remember to label your boxes, plus some people even create a map or a list of their belongings and where they are located to save time and stress.
Take metal shelving to your unit to help organise the space and to make the most of the less-used vertical space. Often, if you try to stack too many boxes on top of each other, the bottom ones will eventually get crushed and crumple under the weight. Alternatively, shelving will allow you to stack boxes safely and take advantage of the height of your storage unit.
Line the Walls
When filling your self-storage unit, if you store your belongings around the outside of the unit first will allow you to make the most of the space in the middle when you find that you’ve started to fill up your unit! This will also allow you to create rows or aisles of items, allow you to access them easier.
The Only Way is Up
If you’re using your self-storage unit to storage large furniture, such as sofas, dressers, or even bedframes and mattresses, to maximise vertical space, stand these bulky items up! Lots of the higher up space of storage units gets wasted, by standing furniture this way, you can make the most of the height!
However, before you pack your furniture, ensure you have prepared your furniture first! Properly wrapping your furniture is the first step: use mattress and sofa covers and cover wooden furniture to keep items clean and dust-free.
If you’re ready to move your belongings into storage, why not see how our friendly team here at Masons Self Storage can help? Our modern facility has state-of-the-art ESCORTA lifts ensuring a smooth ride from the car park to your storage unit. Plus, your storage unit is accessible 24/7, 365 days a year and based just ten minutes from Cardiff Bay, Penarth and Cowbridge, we offer a flexible solution to self-storage! Our rolling contracts begin from just £5 a week and have a range of storage units in different sizes! Plus, take advantage of our 50% offer and save 50% on your first 8 weeks with us!
To find out more, get in touch with our team on: 0800 533 5708 or email us on: [email protected]