Learn More About Storage
A storage unit is a convenient way of keeping your possessions safe, especially if you lack storage space in your home or garage. You can practically store anything you want as long as it fits inside the storage unit. But that doesn’t mean you should just jam everything inside and pile the boxes on top of each other. You want to maximise the available space so you won’t have trouble finding the stuff you need.
If you’re looking to rent a storage unit, here are a couple of tips that you can follow so you can store your belongings in a neat and organised manner.
Inventory what you’re storing
The first step in packing for a storage unit is to make an inventory of what you’re storing.This is crucial for when you cannot recall what items have made their way into the storage unit. Write down everything and include these details on the items:
- Serial numbers, brand logos, and model number of the items.
- A brief description of each item (i.e. colour, size, shape, etc.)
- Monetary value of expensive items like fine china and jewelry.
- Where you packed each item (in a bin, storage box, or a cardboard box).
- The exact location of the storage unit.
This will make it easier for you to find the item you’re looking for, thus saving you plenty of time and energy. Also, don’t forget to take note of how many boxes and containers are inside the storage unit.
How to pack your belongings on a storage unit
Your belongings can get damaged quite easily if you don’t know how to pack them properly. No matter which possessions you decide to store, these tips will help keep even your most valuable possessions safe and protected.
Be extra cautious when packing furniture for storage. Invest in a good furniture cover to protect the exterior of your furniture. Or, you can use drop cloths, towels, and old bedsheets as an alternative. Never place anything on top of your furniture or you’ll risk damaging the fabrics due to the weight of the boxes resting over it.
Appliances like ovens and refrigerators should be completely dry before being placed inside a storage unit. Remove fragile pieces or glass parts and pack them separately with bubble wrap. To prevent odours from forming, open a box of baking soda and place it inside the appliance to keep it fresh.
When packing electronics, always return them to their original packaging. If this isn’t available, a heavy duty cardboard box will do. Make sure to label any wires before unplugging them and wrap the items in packing paper before putting them inside the box.
To preserve the condition of your clothes, it’s best to store them inside a storage box. Fold the clothes nicely and stack them on top of each other before closing the lid. This prevents dust, mildew, and moisture from accumulating and potentially ruining your clothes. We recommend adding naphthalene balls to prevent moths from damaging your clothes and to ward off funky odours.
Additional tips on packing a storage unit
Prioritise the important items first
Remember the inventory list you made earlier? Take a look at it and highlight which items you think you’ll use often from your storage unit. This could be your winter jacket or your set of golf clubs. Place them in a very accessible area inside your storage so you won’t have difficulty getting to them. The last thing you want is to sift through piles of boxes just to find what you’re looking for.
Should you require any further information with regards to storage in Western Australia, then get in touch with Adlam Transport on 08 9206 9100 to speak with a professional