Using self storage can be an enjoyable experience if you do a little planning ahead of time. Allow StorPlace Self Storage to assist you in planning and give some helpful tips to use to help get and stay organized during a time of life that may be very hectic and stressful.
Identify the items that you are going to be storing. Buy boxes and packing supplies such as tape and bubble wrap, packing peanuts and furniture covers ahead of time to make packing and storing less stressful. Smaller boxes should be used to pack heavier, denser items so that you don’t over pack. Do not pack any box heavier than you can carry comfortabley. Remember- you’re going to be moving these boxes and you don’t want to break your back. StorPlace Self Storage carries boxes in several different sizes as well as commonly used packing supplies such as tape, furniture covers, bubble wrap. It is important to use boxes and not plastic bags to store your belongings. Boxes when packed properly are sturdier than bags and are stackable, taking up less floor space that can be used for bigger furniture items. Also, plastic bags can trap humidity and cause mildew to grow on the items inside. Another good tip is to overestimate the amount of tape you will need. Nothing is more frustrating than running out of tape and having to make a run to the store for more just as you get into the groove of packing boxes. While you don’t want to over pack your boxes with weight do use packing material or peanuts to fill in empty space to keep the contents from shifting and bumping against each other; particularly if the box contains breakable items. If you are storing clothes consider purchasing a wardrobe box that includes a hanging rod at the top. StorPlace keeps wardrobe boxes in stock for purchase. Lastly, be sure to label all your boxes specifically. If you need to find something later that you’ve packed up you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration and time if you can go directly to the box you need because it was labeled appropriately.
This is where your storage experts at StorPlace Self Storage will be an invaluable help. The storage consultant will ask about what large furniture items will be stored and will also help determine whether or not a climate controlled unit is needed. Be straightforward about how much you are going to store. If you are storing the entire contents of a 2,500 square foot house don’t expect to be able to fit that into a storage unit size meant for storing a studio apartment. However, nobody wants to pay for space that isn’t going to be used. Take advantage of the height of the unit. Consider propping up your sofa or loveseat up on its arm so that it stands vertically instead of taking up valuable floor area. You can also turn your loveseat upside down and place it on top of the longer sofa where the cushions from each are facing each other. When storing a washer and dryer the much lighter dryer can be placed on top of the washing machine. All large furniture items that can be disassembled easily should be. This could include bed frames, kitchen or dining room tables. If you cannot dissemble a large table drape the top with a blanket or plastic wrap and set chairs on top of the table. Chairs can also be stacked on top of each other cushion-to cushion.
When moving in to your unit utilize every advantage to make your move as easy as possible. Many StorPlace Self Storage properties have loading docks that tenants can use to make loading and unloading easier. Every StorPlace Self Storage property has either flat bed dollies or hand trucks located throughout the property. Use these tools to load in boxes and furniture and save your back a trip to the chiropractor. Place the largest, heaviest items in the back of the unit. These things would include televisions, refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers. You won’t need to access these items while they are being stored and it keeps the things you might need within easier reach. Boxes or items that may possibly need to be accessed while you’re using storage should be placed near the front of the unit and make sure those boxes are well labeled. Please come visit us Bowling Green StorPlace at 1628 Campbell Lane, Bowling Green, KY 42104, or you can call us at 888-395-5677.