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Getting the Most from a Storage Unit by Organising the Layout

Posted on 18th February 2024 by The Aussie Team
Getting the Most from a Storage Unit by Organising the Layout

If you’re gearing up for a storage stint, the puzzle of packing and organising might leave you scratching your head. How do you cram it all in without creating a tangled mess? Well, fret not! In this no-nonsense guide, we’re here to untangle the mystery and give you essential tips for a seamless storage unit setup.

Whether you’re downsizing, amid a move, or just craving some breathing room at home, stuffing a self storage unit can feel like a brain teaser. But don’t sweat it! With our savvy advice and practical pointers, Aussie can provide storage space as neat as a pin and tailored just for you.

Contents

  • Planning and Categorising Your Storage Space for Efficiency
  • Streamlining Storage: Decluttering and Donating to Maximise Space
  • Packing Essentials: Selecting the Ideal Tools for Your Storage Solution
  • Clear and Informative Labelling to Organise Your Storage Unit
  • Disassembling Furniture and Appliances for Enhanced Storage Capacity
  • Aussie Storage Solutions: Get the Most from Storage in Dorset

Planning and Categorising Your Storage Space for Efficiency

When prepping clothes and fabric for long-term storage, nailing the details is crucial. Grabbing top-notch containers, delicately handling fragile stuff, and giving everything a thorough scrub-down ensures your gear stays safe. Vacuum sealing and ditching plastic bags add extra oomph to ward off mould and keep your stuff intact.

  • New containers: opt for sturdy storage boxes or containers to ensure durability during long-term storage. Aussie provides high-quality plastic containers designed to protect your belongings.
  • Handle fragile items carefully: pack delicate items with ample padding and clearly label the box to prevent mishaps.
  • Thorough cleaning: clean appliances and furniture before storage to prevent mould growth. Keep appliance doors slightly ajar and wrap cords for added protection.
  • Vacuum seal clothes: invest in vacuum-sealing equipment to eliminate air and prevent mildew development in stored clothing.
  • Avoid plastic bags: say no to plastic bags, as they can increase humidity and develop mould. Opt for suitable containers instead.

These savvy moves set you up for storage success, leaving you feeling prepared to stash your belongings for the long haul.

Streamlining Storage: Decluttering and Donating to Maximise Space

Another pro tip is only storing what you use or need to keep. It’s a fool’s errand to retain things you rarely or never use anymore because it’s shifting your problems to another place. To help you combat this, we’ll cover the basics and benefits of decluttering.

Decluttering Strategy

Before packing your self storage unit, you must consider how best to create a physical space to store everything. Start with a logical floor plan and inventory everything that goes into the unit.

Space Optimisation

Decluttering improves the available spaces by eliminating unnecessary items, ensuring every inch of the storage unit is utilised efficiently. That means using empty suitcases and cupboards to store smaller objects. However, remember to leave doors ajar and clean everything before storage.

Liberation Through Release

Letting go of unnecessary items brings a liberating feeling, lightening both physical and mental load. That said, the process can be galling at first, and it’s typical for first-timers to keep putting things back. Enlist the service of a firm but fair family member or friend to call you on this.

Donation/Selling Options

Consider donating or selling items you no longer need, passing them on to someone who may find value. Also, if the items are in good condition, you can earn cash while decluttering. If there’s little to no value in this, donate your unused goods to a local charity or upcycling collective.

Deeper Benefits of Decluttering

You’re clearing out things you rarely or never use – more importantly, they’re taking up valuable space in your home. There’s a helpful question you can ask yourself: would you pay to store this item? If the answer is no, then it’s time to get rid.

Packing Essentials: Selecting the Ideal Tools for Your Storage Solution

Now that you’re actively reducing clutter, we’ll review some best practices when preparing items in your storage unit. This process resembles relocating, where you’ll sort items into boxes and containers.

Essential Packing Tools

Before you start, prepare some sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other materials. We recommend using quality in general, but it’s essential for valuables and breakables.

Reinforced Box Choice

Reinforced boxes for heavy or fragile items offer added strength and durability. You can source them online or at DIY stores. Additionally, you can purchase through some removal providers.

Bubble Wrap Protection

Bubble wrap provides cushioning, preventing chips, cracks, and scratches on delicate items. This protects items during the trip to storage and helps maintain their condition while in storage. You can consider additional supplies like furniture covers, mattress bags, and packing peanuts.

Secure Sealing with Tape

Packing tape seals boxes securely, reinforcing seams to prevent accidental openings. You won’t have issues with mould or dampness penetrating the boxes, which is vital for fabrics.

Sourcing Packing Materials

To reiterate our earlier points – we suggest using high-quality packing materials. Free boxes and cheap packaging might save you a few quid, but they come with plenty of wear and tear or are flimsy.

Clear and Informative Labelling to Organise Your Storage Unit

One of the advantages of using labels is quick identification: Clearly labelled boxes save you from wasting time rummaging through boxes and containers endlessly. To do this, describe the contents briefly and note them in an inventory. We suggest downloading a free app for ease of reference.

Assign each box a unique number or label so it stands out. You can numerate them to aid your inventory list further. Use colour-coded labels or markers to categorise items and rooms effectively. Categorising by room is like having a scale version of your home, making it easier to sort and retrieve.

Remember to use decent labels that stick to the box or container’s surface. It’s not much use if the label falls off, and you must manually check the box’s contents. We won’t sugarcoat this process – it’s tedious and adds to your tasks. We promise that you’ll thank yourself later for the extra effort now.

Disassembling Furniture and Appliances for Enhanced Storage Capacity

Preparation is the key to success, regardless of whether you’re packing a storage unit or relocating. Every additional action you take now will improve your experience later. It’s better to take the medicine now to avoid issues later. This section will cover the steps for dismantling furniture and appliances before using storage.

Space Maximisation

Disassembling furniture and appliances can increase storage space by allowing for efficient stacking and arrangement. You can then slot more objects together without protruding features, snagging, or taking up space. This approach protects external parts from bending or being caught on other objects during loading or unpacking.

Instructional Reference

We suggest reading the manuals or taking photos/videos to aid in proper disassembly and reassembly, reducing the risk of damage. You can also save time and head-scratching moments by trying to figure tricky fixings out. If you still need help, head over to YouTube or Wikihow.

Secure Parts Organisation

Please keep track of small components by placing them in labelled bags or containers and securely taping them to corresponding furniture or appliances. It’s wise to tape or attach the parts to the item that came from. Otherwise, note your inventory and keep everything in a toolbox.

Protection Measures

Use bubble wrap, blankets, or furniture pads to protect delicate parts from damage during transport and storage. You can also use old blankets or clothing, but they must be clean.

Please read our previous blogs about mattress preparation and clothing before storage for more in-depth steps.

Aussie Storage Solutions: Get the Most from Storage in Dorset

The final point is the importance of using a reliable storage company. Aussie isn’t just a storage provider – we’re here to give you the best tips and tricks for getting the most out of your unit.

A quick reminder of the key takeaways from this blog

  • Plan and categorise belongings.
  • Declutter and donate unnecessary items.
  • Use appropriate packing supplies.
  • Implement smart labelling.
  • Maximise space through furniture and appliance disassembly.

Aussie has a range of storage options ideal for any home or business. Our drive-up units make packing and offloading a breeze. We have a self storage package and unit size to match your requirements. We pride ourselves in excellent customer care and service delivery

Click here to begin an assessment, and we’ll send you a free, no-obligation quote. Also, we’ll happily discuss the best practices for using a storage unit.