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Self Storage Tips

Self Storage Tips: Storage Sense

Need some self storage tips to get you started on the right foot? Storage Sense is your first choice for affordable storage units, and we’ve compiled a list of our top packing and storage tips to help you make the most of the space you are renting. Start your storage journey with Storage Sense today!

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Self Storage Tips for Finding Space & Packing

Self Storage Tips

Choose Your Storage Unit 

You have many self storage options, so how do you choose a storage facility—and more specifically storage units—to house your belongings? Start by searching for self storage storage close to your home, work, business, or regular commutes. You are looking for convenience as much as you are looking for product and service.

You should consider your unique storage needs as well. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of storage that must be weighed against your specific needs. It’s much easier to load and unload stuff from a car when you use drive-up storage units. Indoor storage units, on the other hand, allow for better temperature control, ensuring that your valuables stay protected in changing humidity and weather conditions. 

Visit Storage Sense to start getting your items organized today. With hundreds of storage facilities nationwide, Storage Sense has all the amenities for your needs, including convenient drive-up storage units, indoor storage units, outdoor parking spaces for personal vehicles, RVs, and boats, and more! Read more about our storage facility’s specific features, and use our storage calculator to figure out what size storage unit you should rent.

Packing and Moving

Packing Tips for Your Boxes 

1. Prep Before Packing

To obtain the greatest possible outcome when storing your stuff, take care of them as you’re packing them away. Items that are delicate will need more padding to keep them safe throughout transport. Pick up packing and moving supplies at any Storage Sense office today! And while you are there, talk with our storage experts to clear up any additional questions you may have before you start renting storage—also check our Self Storage FAQ to see if your question can be answered instantly! It is important to understand the rules and expectations before renting storage.

2. General Packing Rule: Heavy on the Bottom, Light on Top

As you fill your boxes and storage container, bear in mind the following suggestions. As a starting point, use heavy, big items as a foundation and add lighter ones on top. This will prevent your boxes from shattering under the pressure within and around them.

3. Clean & Cover

To ensure that your products are in great shape when you return them, clean and preserve them ahead of time. Cover things like appliances, tools, and electronics before storing them for a long time to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating. Clean away germs and water droplets beforehand to minimize damage or bad smells over time.

4. Pack Air-Tight to Keep Out Moisture & Pests

Another way to ward off damage is to pack with air-tight containers. Deter bugs and moisture-related damage from step one. Some items that would especially benefit from being packed in airtight containers include antiques, clothing, electronics, and documents.

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Packing Tips for Your Storage Unit 

1. Create an Organized Layout

Storage is intended to make your life a little simpler by assisting you in organizing. Taking a step-by-step approach to packing your storage rental is the greatest method to do it. Leave room down the center of your storage container so that you can access things in all corners more quickly. Then, as part of a plan to find comparable items faster later, store things with similar characteristics together, such as seasonal clothes or kitchen equipment. Keep essential belongings near the front door for quick access.

2. Utilize Your Entire Storage Space

You are paying for your storage rental, so make the most of the space. If you are storing a lot of items, you may want to consider using shelving for organization and to stack higher in the space. 

3. Don’t Store Perishables

What can’t you keep? Food items will deteriorate quickly, and when they do, pests will appear. It is easiest to avoid this problem by keeping perishables in your regular home or workplace storage area. You also won’t be able to store hazardous, inflammable goods or money. Check out a more complete list from Move.org

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Vehicle Storage Tips 

It’s easy to leave a car on your property for long periods of time, but it isn’t as simple as dropping it off and walking away. Vehicles of all sizes require more care to ensure that they run properly when you need them again. If you’re going to keep it for a while, have its oil changed, top up the gas tank with gasoline to prevent moisture from accumulating, and add a fuel stabilizer. Then, clean it inside and out—any dirt there will only accumulate over time. Follow more of Edmund’s vehicle storage tips.

Looking for vehicle storage near you? Scroll through Storage Sense’s storage facility location list to find a Storage Sense facility nearby that features outdoor vehicle parking.

Rent Self Storage Units at Storage Sense Today

Now that you have learned some helpful self storage tips, look to Storage Sense for all of your storage needs. With hundreds of locations nationwide, Storage Sense offers all of the amenities renters will need. Choose from features that include indoor storage units, convenient drive-up storage units, parking for RVs, boats and personal vehicles, and more! Additionally, for your security, all storage facilities feature 24 hour security camera monitoring, with secure keypad access at entry ways. Call or email any of our storage facilities today, or visit any location in person and chat with the team of storage experts at Storage Sense!

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