Storage units are limited to a set square-footage unless you want to pay more for a larger space. It can be complicated to know exactly how much you can fit without stepping foot in the unit itself. Storage units typically range from 20 square feet all the way up to 300+ square feet. However, if you are on a budget, you will want to maximize the space within your storage unit. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage lists five hacks to get the most out of every inch of your unit.
1. Stack Boxes High
Stacking boxes is a straightforward idea; however, it saves a tremendous amount of space. Make sure to use sturdy cardboard boxes that can easily stand on top of each other without having to worry about them falling. Typically, storage units have 8-10 foot ceilings, and we almost always cover the floor with belongings rather than stacking. By moving boxes from the floor to a stack, you will immediately free up several feet of the storage unit.
2. Vacuum Sealed Storage Bags
Items such as clothing, bedsheets, towels, and other fabrics take up a lot of room. Because they are plusher than cardboard and other loose items, they eat up space quickly. To save storage space, put all of your clothes that will stay in storage for an extended period of time in vacuum sealed bags. The vacuum takes all the excess air out of the bags, reducing the size. After extracting all of the unnecessary air, you will see a difference in how much space you have! They are also great for repelling moisture and dirt for long-term storage.
3. Organize Your Belongings
Before you completely put everything in storage, organize each box you have. Packing your things in storage containers tightly will help with both your space concern and reduce the risk of breaking during the move. Make sure to organize similar items in the same boxes so your belongings aren’t randomly scattered throughout the unit. It is also a great idea to label each box, loading them face-out so you can read them right when you open the storage unit door!
4. Disassemble Bulky Items
Tables, chairs, sofas, and dressers take up a large bulk of storage units. These items can be challenging to maneuver and make it tricky to maximize space. If you are to disassemble these large items, it will free up a lot of space in your storage unit. Just make sure to keep all the pieces together so you can put it back together when you move your belongings out.
5. Plan it Out
Having a plan going into move-in day is in your best interest. Understand the exact dimensions of your unit and what will and will not fit within that confinement. If you have space in a garage or even in your driveway, mark out the size of the storage unit with tape. This simple step will help you visualize the unit and give you the practice of how you want to arrange everything inside.
Get the Most Out of Your Storage Unit at Marina View Storage
Marina View Storage wants you to get the most out of your storage space, and this is why we offer a wide variety of sizes and options. Our storage unit sizes range from 5x10 to 15x50 for your largest items! At the Marina View Storage facility, you will have the opportunity for 24/7 access, security cameras, and climate control to ensure the safety of your valuables. Visit our website to check out the storage units we have available, or contact us today with any questions!