The more organised your storage unit is the better self storage will work for you.
The last thing you want is for your storage unit to resemble a war zone. You don’t want to be confronted with garbage bags stuffed full, or worse, burst, with the contents strewn all over. Or random items stuffed into baskets. Or mismatched boxes piled on top of each other with some of the stacks fallen over.
It doesn’t have to be like this. Make sure that your storage unit is well organised and planned to ensure that your goods stay protected and easy to access.
If you want to optimize the space of your storage unit there are a few basic steps to follow. A well-organised storage unit will allow you to use the space efficiently, and if you need to locate an item while your goods are in storage, you should easily be able to. So whether your storage unit is a few square feet in size to store important documents or one that is large enough to store the contents of a three-bedroomed home, we can show you how to get the most out of your self storage unit. Used properly, your unit will allow you to store as much stuff as possible while still being able to find an item quickly.
How to Choose the Right Self Storage Facility
- Ensure that you choose this provider with care. Do your research before you make your decision. Visit the facility if possible so that you can see for yourself whether it is well-kept and clean.
- You need to be sure that your belongings will be safe from theft. The facility should offer extensive security measures to ensure the safety of your possessions.
- Does the storage facility offer different-sized units? Choosing the right-sized unit will prevent you from having to cram your stuff into the unit just to fit everything in. This can lead to your furniture or whatever else you are storing being damaged. Most storage units charge by square foot, so you don’t want one that is too big either because you will be paying for space that you do not use.
Essential Steps for Organising Your Self Storage Unit
- Clean out your unit before you move anything in. Sweep, dust, and mop to remove any dust, dirt, or junk that may have been left behind by the last tenants. Place a tarpaulin on the floor of the unit or even use pallets on which you can pack your boxes. This will help with air circulation and prevent any moisture from seeping into your boxes from the cement flooring.
- Choose your boxes carefully. Boxes of matching size will allow you to stack them easily. Good quality cardboard boxes should be strong enough to keep most of your goods safe.
- Packaging materials such as bubble wrap and paper will keep fragile items safe. Use packing tape to fasten the boxes securely.
- The most important part of packing is to make sure that you label every box with a detailed description of what you place in it. When you know what is in every box and you need something, you don’t have to open multiple boxes if you need to search for it.
Once you have finished packing up your stuff and you are ready to offload it at your self storage facility, there are some pointers to remember when packing it into the unit.
- If you need access to some items, pack these near the front of the unit so that you can just grab them quickly.
- Pack heavy boxes at the bottom with the lighter ones on top.
- You can organise your boxes by keeping the ones from the same room together.
- To make use of vertical space you can add shelving along the walls.
- Make use of specialty boxes such as wardrobe hanging boxes to keep your clothing in good condition. You can also invest in crates to keep artwork or collectibles safe.
- When packing electronics use their original boxes where possible.
- Cover furniture items in old sheets or bedding to protect them.
- Towels and linen can be used as fillers for those boxes that contain your breakable dishes.
- If possible take furniture items apart. This will save a lot of space, and it makes your heavy furniture easier to move. Tape table legs and any corresponding pieces to the main items so that they do not get misplaced.
- Make sure you have space to move around by leaving an aisle down the middle of your unit. This means that if you need a box at the back of your unit, you do not have to unpack everything to get to it.
- Make a map of your unit which will be helpful especially if you need to access your stored items.
- Take pictures of your stored items to see where everything is kept.
- Take time to keep your storage unit clean by giving it the occasional sweep and dust.
Why Use Stop & Store Lowestoft?
- Security. When you are storing any items, one of the most important considerations is the security of your goods. Our storage facility is fully secured with 24/7 monitored CCTV and intruder alarms so you can have peace of mind that your goods are safe. After all, these items are expensive and the last thing you want to worry about is that they may be stolen.
- Size of Units. With our units varying in size from 12 sq ft to 200 sq ft, you can choose the one that will suit your needs. They are clean, dry, and secure steel partitioned rooms.
- Our units are safe, dry, and pest controlled, and will keep your goods safe.
- There is easy access to the units for loading and off-loading.
- We are open seven days a week for your convenience. Our hours are 8 am to 6 pm so you can come and go as you please during these times.
- Stop & Store Lowestoft is conveniently situated near the railway station in Lowestoft and is also suitable for service in Oulton, Hopton on Sea, Kessingland, and surrounding areas.
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