There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. First, make sure that you can easily access the items you’ve stored in the facility when you want them. Second, you must take care when storing – these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.
Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
Try to avoid storing any valuables. If you must, keep them away from the door where they can’t be seen. The best place for valuables is towards the back of the unit.
Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Cover stuffed furniture with a dust cover to protect against dust.
Use all of your space. If you will not be visiting your items while they are in storage pack things tightly.
If you will be visiting your storage during your stay allow for walkways. Leave a walkway to the back of the storage space for easy access.
Do not store food items which could attract rodents or pests.
Avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones.
Do not store wet items in a self-storage facility as they can cause water damage, mold and mildew.
Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space. Stand sofas (except sleeper models) on end wherever possible to maximize space. Cushions should be wrapped and placed on top.
Don’t stack items on soft furniture or the cushions may become crushed.
Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting. Be sure to securely “prop” them up so they stand straight to avoid them bending out of shape or becoming lumpy.
If you’re storing a few items of furniture on top of each other place a blanket or towel between the pieces to prevent scratching and damage.
Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space.
Store your largest items first.
If you’re stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.
Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.
Try not to lean items against exterior walls that may sweat.
Try to assess what you’ll need to access frequently and keep it at the front of your unit.