Self storage is a helpful service for all kinds of domestic and business customers. Whether you are moving abroad, starting a business, or downsizing for retirement, self-storage offers you a secure, flexible space for your belongings until such a time you need them in your home or office again.
If you have a self storage space already, it is important to make the most of it to ensure the amount you pay is worth it.
Here are 8 helpful tips to help you make the most of your cheap self storage space:
1. Ensure You Have The Right Self Storage Provider
One of the first things you should do if you have a cost-effective self storage unit is to check you’re with the right facility. You can’t make the most of this service at all if you’re not getting everything you should expect from a unit provider which is; good security, cleanliness, a flexible contract, great lighting, and good customer service.
2. Have A Unit That Fits Your Needs
Sometimes you can’t know what size of unit you need until you have followed some of the other tips in this article. However, if you don’t yet have a unit it makes sense to get the right size from the beginning. If you have chosen a unit too big, you’re paying for more space than you need. A unit that is too small, and you could end up squeezing items in and struggling to use the unit properly. The right fit enables you to make the most of the space without struggling to use it or paying more for space that you don’t need.
It can help to categorize your belongings for a great organization. It enables you to access your things easily without having to rummage. Just be sure to label everything (more on this below) as much as you can so you know what is stored where.
4. Package Well
One way for belongings to get broken or damaged easily is when they aren’t packaged well. Using the best packing materials helps keep them safe. At the same time, using boxes too big for belongings wastes important storage space that could be otherwise used for other items. Package items in the right sized boxes to keep them secure and to make the most of your reasonably priced self storage space.
5. Use An Organisation System
Whether you number boxes or place colored labels on them, it is important to have some sort of system for your unit. Simply list each color or number and write the items in those boxes or bags. Every time you take an item out or add an item, update the lists.
Stacking items that are secure enough to be stacked is a great way to save space in your unit. Adding freestanding shelving is another way to use the height of your unit as much as possible.
7. Make Everything As Small As Possible
Of course, you can’t shrink your things, but you can make some things smaller, or make the most of empty space. For example; vacuum packing clothes makes them take up less space by removing the air around them. Deconstructing a bed makes it easier to compact and store against a wall. Wardrobes can be used to store other items inside. It is about using every possible inch that you can.
8. Leave Space To Move Around
Self-storage units can become really difficult to use when you fill them up to the point you can’t get to everything inside. Leave a walkway so you can access all areas of the unit.
You Can Make The Most Of Your Unit With Simple Changes & Considerations
Self-storage units can be so useful, especially when they are in great condition, and packed smartly. If you want to make more of your unit, use our tips above and reach out to the facility you use. They will likely be more than happy to help you get more out of this handy service.