When you plan a weekend camping trip or a much-deserved week-long vacation, you want to pack as much stuff into your car as possible. The same principle applies to storing your stuff at an offsite storage property.
Most businesses that keep personal and business possessions safe and secure don’t care if you rent an area that is twice the size of what you need. The bigger, the better is the profit mantra for storage companies. Your goal is to find a way to organize by utilizing every square foot of the area.
Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of your storage area.
Create at Least One Aisle
It sounds counter intuitive, but the first tip for maximizing your storage is to leave at least one aisle so you can access everything you need. Stuffing a blender under a bunch of clothes packed in the back of a storage area does you no good when you need the blender one day to host a dinner party. All you need is enough room to squeeze between boxes to reach everything you store.
Don’t Bag It
The last thing you need is to have a large bag full of stuff bust open. This tip is a common sense one, but you might be surprised to learn how many customers bag everything for storage. Use boxes measuring the same size to make stacking and retrieving the boxes easy to do. You can also place boxes on top of furniture to maximize your storage.
Use Vacuum Bags
Some items like towels and most toiletries work fine in storage bags. However, you should go with vacuum storage bags to suck the air out of each bag. Vacuum storage bags are easy to store like boxes to give you uniform rows of your stuff. Other items that work well in vacuum storage bags include seasonal garments, such as a winter coat and gloves.
No Russian Collusion
If you haven’t heard the term Russian Doll Method, don’t be alarmed. The Russian Doll Method is a timeless storage tip that places items inside of other items. Think storing boxed glassware inside of a hamper or several power tools in a large portable closet.
Take a Cue from Flight Attendants
If you have flown the skies lately, you might have noticed how flight attendants roll clothing to optimize storage. Rolling your clothes not only helps you get the most out of your storage, it also prevents creases and wrinkles from diminishing your appearance.
One more common-sense storage tip: put the heaviest items and boxes at the bottom of a row. You reduce the likelihood of your stuff tipping over and the heaviest boxes provide a strong foundation for stacking other things.