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Stacking Up: How to Store Items Vertically

To best utilize the space inside of your self-storage unit, which will save you money by making it so you don’t have to rent a larger unit, there are several tips you can utilize. One of the most valuable methods of maximizing the space in your unit is to stack things vertically, rather than all along the floor. This helps you utilize the height of your unit, rather than just the length and width. This method of storage also makes it easier to see all of the things you have packed in your unit.

Here are some tips to help you store things vertically in your storage unit…

Utilize Shelving

Obviously, you’re going to be stacking boxes and objects when you start packing things away vertically, but it can be a more convenient method to purchase shelving units that you can put your belongings on. This way, when you need to get a box at the bottom of a stack, you won’t need to take down a bunch of boxes and bins to get to it, and can instead just take it off the bottom shelf. Before getting shelves, measure the largest boxes and bins you are using, so that you know that the shelving can adequately fit what you need it to.

Box Everything You Can

It’s so much easier to pack things vertically when they are a uniform shape that is easy to fit in your unit. This is why you should box up every item that you can when packing them away. It takes the chaos of all of your belongings (which will vary in size and shape) and effectively turns packing into the easiest game of Tetris. To be really efficient, try making sure that all of your boxes are a uniform size.

A Tip for Furniture

The hitch in the plan to pack things vertically usually comes when you need to pack your furniture away. It’s a lot harder to think vertically when you are looking at couches, dining room chairs, and TV mounts instead of boxes. When you need to pack away furniture, try utilizing tables more efficiently by stacking things on top of the tables and underneath them (be sure to put a furniture pad on the tabletop before doing so, to prevent damage). Likewise, you can save space by taking the legs off of chairs, bedstands, and couches (when possible).

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