Now that you’ve secured your storage container with Super Cheap Self Storage, you’ve even set aside all your items for packing. They are all secured inside their packing boxes and all the furniture has been padded. Now how do we get everything inside?
Did you know that there are some things to consider about the loading of your storage container before you actually start hauling things in? Did you consider what items should go in the back versus what items should be on the bottom and on the top? How do you ensure that things stay secure within the storage container while it’s at the storage facility or even while it’s in transit?
These things are very important points to note when you’re looking to put things into storage in the long run. Not just because of the effect of your items being stationery in a single position for long periods of time, but also to facilitate if you ever needed to find things within the depths of your storage unit and also for simple organizational logistics’ sake.
Here are some handy pointers that you may want to write down:
Big items in the center and evenly distributed
Make sure the heavy cupboards and the bed frames and other bulk furniture are placed roughly in the middle of your storage unit. This will help to center the weight of everything and reduce the risk of tilting and shifting while in transit or while in storage. It helps to pad your other smaller objects around this cluster of heavy items so that they will be secured between the solid walls of the furniture and the walls of the container again reducing the amount of movement while the storage unit is on the move.
Fragile items on top or on top of cushions, Heavy items in the bottom
Because you want to maximise space, inevitably, you’re going to end up stacking your items. A good way to make the best of what you’ve got going into storage is to use the soft items like mattresses, cushions, clothing and other padding or soft materials to act as buffers for your more fragile items. This can actually save you a fair amount of money on padding that some companies may charge a bomb for.
Again, keeping the heavy items on the bottom will help to stabilise the unit while everything is in transit. Not only that but you don’t want to accidentally squash anything if you put something heavy up top and it falls over on something while the storage unit is moving. Over time, the effect of gravity can be pretty scary on items which are impressionable and/or malleable, so best to play safe and keep these items closer to the ground where they can do less damage.
Another alternative would be to search for a Storage company or moving company that is willing to provide protective padding for free either for the transit or the duration of your contract for the mobile storage.
Organize the smaller items by room for easier reference when you need to pull things out
Finally, remember to segregate your items into sections where possible. The idea with storage units is that you want your things back eventually. The worst thing that could happen is that you forget what you put in there and have to spend a day or 2 re-sorting everything so that you know what to do with it. So save yourself some time and do it while loading. This is guaranteed to make unpacking a breeze.