To get the most out of your storage unit, you will need to fill it in the most efficient way possible. This will ensure that you don't pay for more storage than you need and that you can lay your hands on your possessions when you need them. Here are some tips for arranging your items in your storage unit.
Firstly, make sure that everything is as compact as possible, especially if you will not be needing it for a while. Large items of furniture should be taken apart so that they take up less space. Use stackable boxes wherever possible, and make sure they are as full as you can get them — this will minimise breakages as well as save space. Items of clothing or bedding should be folded flat to avoid wrinkles and take up less room.
Next, make sure everything is properly labelled before it goes into the storage unit. Label boxes on the side so you can see what is in them without having to pull them out. You should also make a list of everything that goes in — it is very easy to forget about something once it goes into the unit, so an inventory will help you to find your possessions when you need them.
Put heavy items in the back
Large and heavy objects such as furniture should be kept to the rear of the storage unit. Make sure you are not stacking heavier items on top of lighter ones — a bit of planning before you start will work wonders. You should also make sure that anything stacked high is stacked securely, as even lighter objects can cause damage or injury if they fall from an unstable pile.
Put what you need at the front
Finally, put anything you are likely to use at the front. This includes anything you will need sooner than the other items, or things that you will use more often. It is likely that these will be lighter and smaller than anything else anyway. You do not want to have to unpack everything to get to your clothes, or to go clambering over piles of boxes.
Proper organisation of your storage unit will prevent items from getting damaged and ensure that you can find things when you need them. Your storage provider will be able to give further advice on how best to use your unit.