Self Storage - How to Use it Safely and Effectively

Self Storage - How to Use it Safely and Effectively

05 September 2014

Self storage is a tool that takes care of a simple task, but has such large utility that it pretty much anyone could find a use for it. The idea of storage space that is available for anyone to rent for pretty much any purpose is utterly fantastic. It can be used to store anything that isn’t currently in use, such as seasonal items or spare furniture – it can be useful for lightening the moving load, and even small businesses can make good use of it by storing their excess stock. So on that note, here are a few guidelines to show how to store your goods in the best way possible;

Pack everything up properly

Everything that you plan to store needs to be packed up in a secure manner. Even if you’re not moving house, you should treat your goods like you are. Use proper boxes, and proper packing materials, and wrap everything in bubble wrap. You need to do this so your stuff doesn’t get damaged when you’re moving them around, and also to protect them from the elements. Remember to take even more care when wrapping the fragile and valuable objects.

If you’re storing larger objects that can’t be stored in boxes, like furniture, large garden tools and such, take the following tips into consideration;

-When storing furniture, especially upholstered couches and armchairs, be sure to wipe them down first, then wrap them in plastic dust-sheets. Keeping dust and other airborne particles off of the soft material prevents stainage and nasty smells. Wooden parts of the furniture should be waxed before storing, too.

-Gardening equipment should be properly cleaned before storing, and like with the furniture, any wooden handles should be waxed to preserve the material. Wrapping them up in plastic, (as long as they’re properly clean) is also a good idea.

Think about storage order

Think about which items you’re likely to want to take out first, and if there’s any that’ll be remaining in storage for the long term. As a general rule, you’ll want items you want quick access to near the front, and long termers at the back – it’s just more convenient that way. Make a note of these things when you’re transporting your cargo to the storage bin, and to be sure to let the self storage staff know, as well.

Box placement

Now that all of your items are properly packed, and the storage order’s been worked out, you now need to think about how things need to be arranged. More specifically; the boxes.

They should be placed with a fair amount of empty space around them – this allows air to circulate properly and will help to preserve the box’s lifespan. Don’t stack them too high, either. It only takes a minor knock to send the whole stack toppling to the floor. As long as you aren’t very tall, stacking them up to a little below your height is usually a good guideline – about five-seven boxes to a stack. The heaviest ones should be at the bottom, and the lighter ones at the top, for the simple reason that they’re easier to lift. That, and if they were to topple, there’s less risk of injury.

With everything in self storage, you’re free to move on with your life. Your house will be free of clutter, your spare room will actually be a spare room. Be sure to hire a firm that allows easy access of your goods though, just in case you need those extra pieces of furniture for an emergency family get together…

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