I’ve stored things in a storage unit for years. It’s the best way to keep your items safe and secure, and it can also save you money if you’re not sure what to do with all the clutter in your home. However, there are some things that people often get wrong when packing their units. Here are some tips for how not to pack a storage unit.
Don’t just grab any box and start packing. A good rule of thumb is to pack like you would stack: start with the heaviest items first and work your way down to the smallest ones. This will prevent shifting when you load it in the truck, which is not only safer for your items, but also prevents you from having to unpack everything and start over again. So make sure that each box is sturdy enough to hold what’s inside—use packing tape on seams, if necessary—and don’t forget about using packing paper or bubble wrap if necessary! Items should never be stacked more than two boxes high, so use small boxes for fragile items such as glassware and china cups/plates (they’re easier to carry one at a time).
Boxes can also be used as dividers between large items in larger containers such as dressers or desks (if they fit inside), which keeps things organized so that nothing gets lost during transport.
When you’re packing up a storage unit, you want to make sure that all of your boxes are organized and stacked in such a way that they don’t get crushed by heavier boxes. Similarly, don’t stack any flammable materials on top of lighter items like papers or clothing, as this can be an extreme fire hazard. Additionally, if you accidentally damage the storage unit while moving heavy boxes inside it, there will be additional charges applied to your rental agreement.
Don’t pack the unit with stuff you cannot access easily.
If you have to break down boxes and move everything in your storage unit to find what you need, it defeats the whole purpose of having one. This is especially true if your rental unit has a limited amount of space. You want to be able to get at what’s important to you quickly, without having to go through all of that work first.
You need to make sure that you leave enough space for yourself to walk around in the storage unit. If your unit is too crowded, it will be difficult for you to move through it and access items stored there.
It’s also important that there’s enough room between items so that no one trips over them if they are placed directly against the walls of the unit.
By following the tips above, you can avoid most of the common mistakes people make when they pack a storage unit. Whether it’s over-packing or throwing together boxes at the last minute, these pitfalls can lead to wasted money and damaged items. To make sure that doesn’t happen to you, follow our advice on how not to pack a storage unit!