There's a lot more to storing your belongings than you would think. Apex Storage offers multiple different kinds of storage units, in many different sizes, and even with climate controlled options. Once you've found the right type of storage unit for you, you'll need to learn how to store things in your unit most effectively. Here are our tips to optimize your storage unit space:
- Prepare your unit for storage by putting plastic on the floor of the area where you will be storing your belongings. This will help to keep your storage clean and dry. Be sure to leave a little space on each side for the door and walls. While all of our units are weather proof, it's always smart to take extra precautions.
UNIFORM SIZE BOXES:
- You can better maximize the space in your unit by purchasing same-size boxes. This will allow easier stacking. Be sure heavier boxes are located near the bottom and lighter boxes on top of the heavier boxes.
- When preparing your home for moving, be sure to put everything in boxes. Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
- The order of your storage matters. When storing small or light items, be sure that they are stored in the back of the unit. It's easier to move the heavier objects last.
- It is common to place items on sofas and chairs to help make better use of a storage area. However, this may damage the upholstery. Be sure that you do not store anything that could possibility damage the upholstery on your sofas or chairs. Even if the upholstery does not appear damaged after storage, it may have weakened the fabric. This will save your furniture from unnecessary damage and wear.
- Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls. This makes moving and finding your stuff easier. It is a good idea to invest in some plastic storage containers for your more valuable items.
DON'T OVER PACK:
- If possible, do not put anything on your furniture. Furniture typically has a finished surface that can be scratched or ruined. Sometimes it is necessary to get a larger storage unit in order to avoid over packing.
- Be sure that your mattresses, sofas, and chairs are protected with plastic covers. This is especially true for long storage periods.
- It is a good idea to put a plastic cover over your entire unit once you are finished moving everything in, so as to reduce damage from dust.
LOCKING YOUR UNIT:
- A lock is one thing you don't want to save money on. Be sure to buy a quality lock and make sure that your unit door is closed. Round, stainless steel locks are usually significantly stronger than traditional padlocks.
- It is a good idea to get insurance on your unit. Ask the manager at Sandy Mini Storage about insurance options. Your storage may not be covered by your home-owner policy.
- Be sure you have strong boxes and that you pack into an empty space. It is typically a good idea to have some type of filler that will give support to the boxes if needed.
SPECIFIC STORAGE TIPS:
- Use a permanent marker to indicate what is in each box before they are closed.
- How to store appliances: Use tape and secure all swinging doors in the closed position. Wrap each item with paper, so that it can withstand moving and storage.
- Check to make sure that there is not water in appliances such as washers or steaming mops. Freezing temperatures can damage these appliances.
- Many people have books, and they can get heavy fast. Pack all books in small boxes. If you use large boxes, you will end up putting too many books in a box and it will break. Keep boxes below about 30 pounds.
- Before trying to transport a dresser, make sure that the drawers have been removed. Utilize your dresser drawers by putting stuff inside of them. It is a good idea to store easily breakable objects in dressers because of the extra support provided by dresser frames.
- Keep your chairs and the chair legs wrapped. Use slipcovers on chairs.