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Properly packing your self-storage unit so you can easily access your belongings is a bit of an art form – or maybe it’s more like a real live game of Tetris! The goal is to get the most out of your space by efficiently storing your items and maintaining access in case you need to get to them. So, how do you do that? Simply follow the tips below when you pack your storage unit.

Take inventory

Before you move anything into your unit, make a list of every single item you’ll be placing inside. This will allow you to recall exactly what’s in there in case you need access to something. It’s also useful in the event a natural disaster occurs and you need to file an insurance claim.

Use boxes and labels

Plastic storage bins are the perfect way to store items in a self-storage unit. They can be stacked high, don’t fall apart, and keep the elements out of your belongings. The higher you can stack your boxes, the more of your space you’ll be able to utilize. Be specific when labeling your boxes. After months in storage, you probably won’t remember which kitchen box the blender is in unless it’s labelled. Also, face the labels toward the walk way to make them easier to read.

Pack tallest to shortest

The tallest and bulkiest items like furniture and mattresses should be closest to the walls. Starting with the tallest items in the back and the shorter items in front, closest to the aisle, will give you a clear view of what’s inside your unit at first glance and help you use the space in the most efficient manner.

Leave a walk way

Be sure to leave a small path through the middle of the unit giving you easy access to your items if you need to get something. Even if it’s packed away near the back of the unit you’ll still be able to get to it.  It might feel like a waste of precious space at first, but the second you need to get something you’ll be happy it’s there.

Use covers

Cover your furniture to protect it from dust and moisture. Mattress bags, sofa covers, and upholstery bags should all be on your prep list.

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