When getting a self-storage unit, you generally want to try to get as small a unit as you can get away with, and being organized can really help you make use of the space you have available. Here are some tips to help you organize your items in your self-storage unit.
Get Boxes of Identical Sizes
The closer the boxes are in size, the more uniformly you can stack them in your storage unit, and the less space you will lose. You may end up storing furniture and other things that will work awkwardly within your layout, but you don't really have control over that. You can control the size of the box you pick.
Vacuum Clothing Storage Bags Will Save a Lot of Space
When getting these, you will want to make sure that you get the sizes for the clothing, blankets, and other items that you need. Even if you don't have a vacuum, many can be sealed by compressing them with the valve open. In other words, open the valve and lay on top of the bag until it's as flat as it'll get, then close the valve before you get off the bag. You can pack these in a box and it can save you a lot of space, especially when storing comforters and pillows and other bulky items.
Use the Vertical Space
Self-storage units are typically 8–10 feet in height. While you really don't want to stack all the way up to the rafters. For safety and convenience, it's best not to stack things higher than you can reach so you can still use all of that height to your advantage. Many couches, for example, can be tipped to one side so they lean against a wall, leaving you more floor space for things you are likely to need more frequent access too. The same can be said of low, wide dressers. Use some type of padding to prevent any scraping or scuffs. Remember to place the heaviest boxes on the bottom and the lightest on the top when you stack those, as well, so if you accidentally knock a box down on yourself you're less likely to cause an injury.
Leave an Aisle (For Units that are 10' Wide)
It's tempting to just jam pack everything into your unit just as tightly as you can, in order to conserve space and money. However, it will render most of the items in your unit very inaccessible, and every time you go hunting for something you will have to unpack and repack at least some portion of the unit, spending a lot more time on dealing with finding your item rather than having your item in hand. Leaving at least one aisle, preferably in the center, will let you have better access to everything in your unit.
Organize Your Storage by Frequency of Need (For Units that are 5' Wide)
If you have a unit that's only five feet wide, it's unlikely you'll be able to leave an aisle. You can pack things along one wall if you have space, but if you don't you may be stuck just packing the unit as tightly as you can. In this case, try to pack the items you are least likely to need in the back. If you're storing seasonal clothes that you're going to be swapping out several times a year, you'll want those towards the front. If you inherited furniture that you won't have room for until you buy a house next year, you can pack them in the back.
For more tips, contact companies like Belmont Self Storage.