Storage is a valuable thing, so to be sure you are making the most out of the space you have is quite important. There is an art to storage; like fitting a jigsaw puzzle together, everything should have its place. Whether you have a Storage unit or are just looking to make the most of what space you have around your home, we have some great tips for you…
The first stage to making use of your storage space is to de-clutter, the most wasteful use of space is on the things you don’t actually need. Although sometimes we all know this can feel like a daunting task, so why not start small? Depending on whether you’re clearing your home storage or a storage facility unit, just break it down into sections. Pick a box to sort through, or a cupboard to start with. It makes it much easier to tackle loads of small tasks rather than one large one, and makes it easier to stop if you need to.
With storage of any kind you will need to think before just packing it all in. Access is the key feature here, what will you most likely need to access? This makes a difference on where you will want to place each item or box; putting the things you need the most near the front. This way you won’t have to unpack the whole thing each time. Another good tip for planning your storage is to keep similar items together as this will also make your belongings easier to find again when you do them again. This also applies to any fragile items, these should be kept together and preferably when stacked, should be towards the top to prevent any crushing. Another tip for fragile items is they should also be labelled clearly to prevent any accidents if you do need to move them around in future.
A good tool for storage containers is to keep an inventory of what you have in there. This will save you loads of time, as you won’t forget and have to waste time trying to remember what you have or haven’t stored away. There is also a second benefit to inventories, which is in the unfortunate case of any damage to your unit, this will be useful for insurance purposes.
To make the most out of your space it is good to pack your items in square, uniform boxes. These stack easily and will help you to utilise the vertical space, by allowing you to stack higher. Doing this will leave you more room to store the larger items that won’t lay flat and take up more room. And don’t forget to even out your packing, you will need to move these at some point so packing all the heavy items in one box will not work. Work on a mixture of weighted items in each box to avoid crushing when stacking. If you are planning on storing for a long period of time, sealing the boxes properly will help to protect your items from dust and dirt.
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It’s a good idea to start with lining the walls when packing your items in, this then gives you the most room to move around and have the best access to everything. You’ll thank yourself when it comes to retrieving your belongings, creating an aisle will halve the time. Labelling your items is also a good idea and if you face these labels towards you when stacking this will also help re-locating.
If you can’t disassemble it it’s best to store these larger items, like beds/sofas etc. vertically, this then frees up floor space to stack other items. Just make sure when doing this you are putting them straight onto the floor and not on top of anything as this could cause damage. If you have made use of the vertical space and lined the walls you might have room left in the middle and this is the perfect place to store the larger, more awkward items. With large hollow items, you can utilise the space within these to fill with the lighter items, it can also be a good idea to provide a bit of extra protection to fragile items.
With kitchen appliances, there are a few more rules. Most importantly you should always defrost, clean and dry where necessary before storage. This will help to avoid any mould or mildew building up over time – and another good pointer is to prop the doors open during storage, this will also help prevent any unwanted build up.
Hopefully these tips have helped you to use your storage space to the fullest!
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