Person taping up a cardboard box. Learn how to pack and organize a storage unit from the experts at Storage Works serving Portland OR & Vancouver WA.How to Pack and Organize a Storage Unit

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Whether you are moving or decluttering, you’ll need to know how to pack a storage unit so you can use the space efficiently. This is why we at Storage Works are sharing ways to maximize storage space, protect your belongings, and stay organized in a sea of storage containers.

How to Maximize Storage Space

Stack Smart

The best way to pack your storage unit and maximize the space available is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Make sure to put your heaviest items at the bottom and lighter items at the top so they don’t get damaged or topple over.

Add Shelving to Your Storage Unit

Metal or large plastic shelves can be useful for storing oddly-shaped items or small-shaped items.

Utilize Your Furniture

Not all furniture is easy to disassemble, like dressers for example. Utilize the space in your dresser drawers to store small or fragile items.

How to Organize a Storage Unit

Now that you know how to maximize your storage space, it’s time to organize! Properly organizing your storage unit will allow you to find your belongings quickly, avoiding headaches and hassles.

Place Frequently Used Items Toward the Front

Chances are, some of your stored items will be used more frequently than others, like seasonal wear. Although you won’t need them everyday, you may be retrieving them out of your storage unit at least once a year. Store these items and other occasionally used belongings toward the front of your storage unit to save you time and headaches later.

Label Items

List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

Create an Aisle for Easy Access

Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.

Store Like Items Together

Store similar items together. For example, shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans.

Use Plastic Containers with Clip-On Lids

Plastic containers are more durable than cardboard boxes and they’ll protect your belongings from moisture, dust, mildew, and pests.

Wrap Fragile Items

Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top. Fragile Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked ‘FRAGILE’ and stacked on end.

Now that you know how to pack a storage unit and properly organize it, you’re ready to go! If you want more help organizing or need packing supplies, our team at Storage Works is here to help. Explore the other online storage resources on our Size Guide or contact us!

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