Our ‘Pro’ Self-Storage Tips

We want you to get the most out of your self-storage unit which is why we have decided to share our most useful tips and tricks. We want to get straight into this one so without further ado, let’s share our hacks. 

self storage tipsTote boxes

Don’t underestimate the power of a tote box when it comes to self-storage; these bad boys can help you sort, stack and compact your belongings so that you can really optimise that space. Tote boxes are great: with labels you can see what is where without having to move almost anything! They offer far more protection than standard cardboard mover boxes, and they can also be used many, many times. We even rent our tote boxes on site for just £1 per month. These can be placed in your own self storage unit for use whilst you rent with us, so that you have access 24 hours a day; or we can store them separately in our specially racked units, with access provided with 24 hour notice.

Pro-tip: put labels on the sides of boxes and make sure you stack so that you can read them clearly.

Save the most important till last

This tip will save you the most time and effort, if only we had known this one earlier ourselves. It might sound simple but this is an easy step to miss out, but it is so important to get right, especially further down the line. When filling up your self-storage unit make sure you put all the items you might need in the near future closer to the door so that you can access your belongings without having to unpack the entire self-storage unit. There is nothing worse than finally having everything sorted in the unit then a few weeks later realising you need to access something that is right at the back!

Pro-tip: time spent carefully planning how you will store your goods in your self-storage unit will save you valuable time in the future.

Optimise the height of the self-storage unit as well as the floor space

With the use of strong storage boxes, like the reusable tote boxes that we recommend for delicate or more valuable items, you can stack and make the most of your entire self-storage unit’s internal space. Drawers and shelves, if not flat-packed, can also double up as additional storage space. Other ways that you can be clever with your space is if you are storing a fridge and tumble dryer, we recommend stacking those on top of one another. Lounge furnishings, such as settees, can be stood upright, & maximise use of the height. However, we do not recommend stacking leather furniture upright as this may cause it to stretch.

Pro-tip: always place the heaviest items at the bottom, with lighter items higher up within the unit, to gain the maximum space. After all, you’re paying for the space, so use it!

Create an inventory of what’s inside

Creating an inventory can really help you stay organised and relaxed. It can be a stressful period in your life – for example if you are moving to a new house, we know that you are probably dealing with solicitors and estate agents which can be time consuming and exasperating. A simple list of what is inside your unit can help you to remain relaxed. Knowing where your personal belongings are gives you one less thing to worry about.

Pro-tip: an inventory will help you to feel more in control of the situation and keep anxieties at bay.

We hope these tips help you make the most of your storage container. Our aim, at Spaces and Places Self Storage, is to ensure your experience is as stress-free as possible which is why we wanted to share some of the wisdom we have acquired over the last 20 years of operating. We want to make sure that whatever the reason you store with us may be, the last thing you will worry about is your storage. We know all too well how moving houses, renovations, or growing your business can be stressful which is why we aim to make storing with us as easy as possible.