4 Tips For Organising Your Self Storage Unit
If you are looking for a Huntingdon storage facility some pre planning and organisation will go a long way to making the process easier and helping you get the most from the right size of self storage unit.
Self Storage Tip #1 – Consider racking in your self storage unit
- If you will be actively using your self storage unit as part of your business for storing stock, then proper organisation will be crucial to make sure that you can locate items quickly and efficiently.
- Both stock control and dispatch will be improved if items can be clearly viewed
- Installing racking in your self storage unit ( The Storage Hub can help you with this) will provide you with a simple way to organise stock and prevent smaller fragile items being damaged by bigger heavier stock items
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Self Storage Tip #2 – Declutter before storing
- Before you think about putting items into self storage evaluate if you actually need them. Financially it makes no sense to pay for storage space to keep items that ultimately you dont want ( or will dispose of once you take the items out of storage)
- By decluttering as you pack you might be able to rent a smaller storage unit
- if you have items that you no longer need please consider donating to charity or seeing if they can be recycled
Self Storage Tip #3 – Take care when packing
- It may seam obvious but the more care that you take when packing your items for storage, the greater the chance that they will be in the same condition when you take them out of storage
- There are a wide range of approaches available
- Bubble wrap is perfect for wrapping fragile porcelain and ornaments
- If you have leather furniture – make sure that it is cleaned and polished before being stored
- Cover furniture with dust sheets
- If you are storing mattresses make sure you use mattress protectors
Self Storage Tip #4 – Cardboard or Plastic boxes
- Cardboard boxes allow fabrics to breathe easier, plus they are lighter and more cost-effective. At the Storage Hub with our internal dry and damp free storage units the majority of our users find cardboard containers are the better option
- Quality Plastic boxes are sturdier than cardboard, so often used for fragile items such as crockery, porcelain or ornaments. If you are using indoor storage ( i.e. The Storage Hub) then damp and mould wont be a problem, but in outdoor storage containers using a plastic container will potentially help keep items dry
When deciding whether to use cardboard or plastic boxes for storing items in self-storage, several factors should be considered to ensure the safety and preservation of your belongings. Each type of container has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice often depends on the nature of the items being stored and the duration of storage.
Cardboard boxes are a popular choice for their affordability and versatility. They are readily available, easy to assemble, and come in various sizes, making them suitable for a wide range of items. However, cardboard may be susceptible to damage from moisture, pests, and fluctuations in temperature. If stored in a damp environment, cardboard boxes can weaken and lose structural integrity, potentially compromising the protection of your belongings.
On the other hand, plastic boxes offer enhanced durability and protection against external elements. They are generally more resistant to moisture, pests, and environmental changes, making them a preferable option for long-term storage or in locations prone to extreme weather conditions. Plastic boxes are also stackable and provide a clear view of the contents, aiding in organisation and easy retrieval. However, the initial cost of plastic boxes is higher than that of cardboard, and they may take up more space when empty.
When making a decision, it’s essential to consider the specific needs of your stored items. Delicate or valuable possessions may benefit from the added protection provided by plastic containers, while items with less susceptibility to environmental factors might be adequately stored in cardboard boxes. Additionally, the anticipated duration of storage and the climate of the storage facility should be taken into account to make an informed choice that ensures the longevity and well-being of your stored items. Ultimately, striking a balance between cost, durability, and the specific requirements of your belongings will guide you in choosing the most suitable type of boxes for self-storage.