Expert Tips on How to Pack a Self-Storage Unit

Expert storage unit packing tips from U-Haul.

Much like packing a moving truck, packing a self-storage unit takes a bit of planning and skill. The goal is to use all of the space in the most efficient way, while still maintaining some access to your items in case you need them while they’re in storage. How do you do this? Simply use the tips below when you pack your storage unit.

Tip #1: Leave a walkway 

When you are packing your unit, be sure to leave a small path through the middle of the unit. This way, if you need to retrieve something later you won’t have to unpack your entire unit to access it, even if it’s packed away near the back of the unit. It may feel like the space for a path is not being used effectively at first, but the second you need to find something, you’ll be very happy it’s there.

Tip #2: Use boxes and labels 

To maximize the space in your?storage unit, use moving boxes that are uniform and can be stacked high. This is important to utilize all of the available vertical space. Don’t forget to label the boxes using moving labels. After months in storage, you won’t remember which kitchen box the blender is in. Face the labels of your boxes toward the walkway for easy identification. 

Tip #3: Take inventory

Before you pack up your items, make a list of exactly what you are placing in the self-storage unit. This is important because it will allow you to recall what’s inside later in case you need to access something. It is also important because if a natural disaster occurs and you need to file an insurance claim, then you will have an accurate account of what was inside. It may seem like something you wouldn't easily forget, but time may prove otherwise.

Tip #4: Use covers

Hopefully the storage facility you have chosen is safe and clean. But, they likely don't provide cleaning services inside the unit! Cover your furniture to protect it from dust and moisture. Mattress bagssofa covers, and upholstery bags should all be on your prep list.

Tip #5: Pack tallest to shortest

The tallest and bulkiest items like furniture and mattresses should be closest to the walls. Starting with the tallest items in the back and the shorter items in front, closest to the aisle, will give you a clear view of what's inside your unit at first glance and help you use the space in the most efficient manner.

Hopefully with these expert tips the process of packing a storage unit will be less daunting for you. Be sure to visit our Storage Unit Size Guideto know which size unit will fill your needs. Click here for moreself-storage tips.

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