Self-storage units can be used for many different purposes. This, often overlooked amenity, can be an enormous asset to a busy family during or after a move. It may not seem like much before the move, but once you start packing up items, these units can come in handy if you don't want to get rid of your belongings. You can use the unit to store items before settling into a new home, or keep them there temporarily before selling them off.
If you put your mind to it, you can efficiently use the space to store your belongings safely. Let’s discuss some of these tips that can help you improve the usability of the storage unit.
Check if your storage unit is climate-controlled
Climate-controlled storage units are built to fight extreme weather and temperatures. These units have air systems installed that are intimated when the outside temperature becomes higher or lower than the desired setting. The air system then works to maintain the temperature within the normal range to protect your belongings. The units are also built to keep your valuables secure when there is heavy rainfall, flooding, thunderstorms, and wind. They also provide safety against dust.
If you do your research well, you will be able to find reasonable storage units that provide all services and security you need; for example, the storage unit Lincoln NE is well-known for providing high security against extreme weather and temperatures. These measures can help prolong the life of your belongings, and you wouldn't need to spend a lot of time packing your valuables in layers and layers of bubble wrap for protection. The last thing you want is ruined valuables because they were exposed to extreme heat or cold.
Make sure you have the space you need
You should avoid packing too many items in one unit because this may cause problems with its security or even lead to damage (if the space is limited).
Here’s a guide you can use to see which sized storage unit will suit your needs
- 5'x10' – Ideal for fitting all the belongings of a studio apartment.
- 10'x10' – Ideal fit for approximately a 1-2 bedroom apartment's stuff.
- 10'x15' - Fits approximately a two bedroom apartment's belongings.
- 10'x20' – A 2-3 bedroom apartment's stuff can be stored easily here.
- 10'x25' – A 3-4 bedroom house's belongings can be fitted easily.
- 10'x30' – Fits approximately a 3-5 bedroom house's stuff.
These sizes in storage units are available at Dillon’s Self-Storage Units in Lincoln, Nebraska. Check the units out and make a reservation ASAP!
Thoroughly clean the unit
If you plan to use a storage unit for a long time (more than six months), it is important to clean out the unit before placing your belongings inside it. The last thing you want is for mold or mildew to build up while your belongings sit in the unit. This could cause damage to your items and make them unsalable if you ever decide to use them or sell them later. Use insecticides and pesticides while cleaning to keep the bugs away.
Clean everything before packing
Things that are already dirty will get dirtier if they don't get used for a longer time. It might seem like overkill, but many items require special attention before they can be safely stored away for an extended time. Here are some of them:
- Clothing and linens: These should be cleaned by hand or put through the washing machine in cold water and mild laundry detergent.
- Appliances: Appliances contain many parts that can easily rust when exposed to moisture, especially when stored at high or low temperatures. Wipe the inside and outside of appliances with vinegar.
- Furniture: You should thoroughly clean fabric furniture and let them air dry completely. Use a leather cleaner to clean leather furniture.
- Kitchen utensils and cutlery: Wash and dry them well before packing to avoid any moisture staying in them.
Store items carefully
If you want to keep your belongings safe during their stay in storage, make sure that they're properly packed and sealed. Here are a few tips you can use:
- Furniture: Avoid packing furniture tightly with plastic covers as trapped moisture can grow mold and damage furniture. Instead, use loose sheets to cover them.
- Appliances/Electronics: wrap items in packing paper or household linens and then carefully place them in their original boxes.
- Clothes: neatly fold them and place them in plastic bags or vacuum bags that can suck out the air completely.
Before you get lost in a sea of boxes, it is always best to separate things moving with you to your new home, and those needing to be kept in a storage unit. Make a list of these items and keep them near so that you don't have to wonder where your favorite blue sweater is. Label each box clearly with what it contains and the date it was packed so that you don't have to open every one of them when you take everything out later!
Organize the storage unit
If you want to make the most of your storage unit space, start by organizing it. You don't have to be detailed or fussy — just make sure that everything is empty and clean so that you're able to see where things are going in and out of the unit. You can even draft a map before placing everything. Here are some strategic tips:
- Items you need frequently placed in front - You will use these items often, so they should be near the front of the storage unit.
- Heavy items to be placed at the bottom - Heavy items like furniture should be placed on the floor, so they don't tip over and cause damage.
- Go vertical – Stack all boxes vertically to utilize maximum space. Use all available vertical space by shelving brackets or hooks on walls or ceilings. You can also use plastic crates with lids as shelves for smaller items like books or kitchen utensils, where you can stack them up and easily access one item at a time.
- Label all boxes – write descriptive labels on each box to remember which box has which items.
The storage industry has evolved, and now more than ever, it is possible to find affordable, high-quality storage solutions. Renting or investing in storage units can help make your moving process more streamlined and save you a lot of money in the process.
You can make your storage unit much more user-friendly by utilizing any of these handy tips. By taking just a few extra steps, you could easily cut down on your moving expenses and have an easier time finding a place to store all your stuff while you sort out everything else. The time and effort you invest in getting organized now will pay for itself.
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