When it comes to storing your items in a self-storage unit, you want to make sure that you are not making any mistakes and that you are keeping your items safe and protected the entire time. Below, we will go over some storage hacks that will aid you in ensuring your items will be protected.
- Keep Items Off the Floor
Did you know that it is important to keep your items off of the floor? While you may not really think there is a need for it, there is. If you have an outdoor storage unit, melting snow and rain can cause flooding, which may seep under your storage unit door. This means that any boxes or items that are on the floor will become wet and often ruined.
To prevent this from happening, you should utilize pallets, shelving, or sand bags in front of the unit to stop the risk of exposure to water. Knowing your items are off the ground will give you the peace of mind you need.
- Know the Temperature Changes
While it may be okay to store your items during one time of the year, what will you do when the temperature changes? Before you choose an outdoor unit, save yourself the agony and choose a climate controlled unit, especially if you plan to store clothes, collectibles, or electronics.
- Never Store Your Mattress or Mirrors Flat
You never want to place your mattress or mirrors flat on the ground. First and foremost, as we talked about it in the first point, flooding can occur. Second, your mattress will take up a ton of room if you place it on the floor. Also, if you store items on top of the mattress, you may wear down the springs and warp it.
You never want to store a mirror flat as you may crack it or scratch the glass. In addition, placing items on top of it will likely cause it to break.
- Store Your Items from Large to Small
Always store larger items at the bottom, ground level of the unit and then place smaller items on top. You can easily make it a game of Tetris, but make sure that you are not over stacking items as they can fall.
These four hacks can help you make the most out of your storage unit all year round. Remember to label everything and keep all of your fragile items wrapped!