Over the years, you've watched as your list of household items has grown exponentially. They've started to accumulate and take over counters, bookshelves, and closets. It happens in nearly every home and is oftentimes unavoidable, but there is a way you can reclaim your space. Cue storage rental units! These convenient homes away from home can hang onto your favourite unneeded possessions until you need them again. To avoid the clutter you were originally facing at home, check out these eight tips to help maximize your storage space.
1. Pick up some pallets.
Spills from other units or leaks from inclement weather can happen at any time. Protect your possessions by keeping them stored off the floor on top of pallets.
2. Pull out the label maker.
The best thing you can do to help keep yourself organized in a storage rental unit, is label everything. Although you may think you'll remember exactly what you're putting down and where, the chances of you remembering what's where the next time you pop in are slim to none.
3. Invest in some shrink-wrap.
Dust and bugs live almost everywhere, and your storage unit is no exception. To keep dust and annoying pests from inhabiting your big-ticket items, seal them up with industrial plastic wrap.
4. Expect the temperature to change.
When packing up your stuff, keep in mind that the temperature in your unit can change due to the weather, especially if your unit has outside access. Pack them accordingly.
For a list of some of the most common items that can be affected due to temperature changes, check out our previous post: Heated Storage Containers: 5 Items that Need Temperature Control.
5. Skip the garbage bags.
Although they may seem like an ideal choice at the time, they really aren't. They can trap moisture and allow mildew to grow, and they make things hard to find.
6. Use appropriately sized boxes.
Purchase good quality boxes that match up to the size of the items you're packing. Large boxes are good for items like bedding, curtains, and towels, while smaller sized boxes make an excellent choice for breakables and really heavy items like books and magazines.
7. Get creative while stacking boxes.
If you've got a ton of boxes to store, try and organize them in a way that makes sense:
- Put the items you're most likely to use or need on top, closer to the entrance
- Use things like plywood to lay across boxes for stabilization and weight distribution
- Keep breakables separate, and don't stack boxes on top of them
- Seal boxes with sufficient amounts of packing tape to keep creepy crawlies out
8. Leave yourself a walkway.
Instead of jamming your items into each and every corner, consider creating an aisle in your storage rental area. Besides offering easy access to all your belongings, you'll also have a place to stretch out.
Are you searching for a place that offers spacious Kelowna storage units at competitive rates? Come take a look at the Space Centre Storage facility. We offer a variety of safe and secure units along with a free move-in truck and driver.