Self-storage is an incredibly useful tool, especially around the new year, as you have Christmas gifts and New Year’s resolutions to attend to. However, if not done right, self-storage can also be very tedious. Without the right strategy, your storage unit can quickly become a nuisance instead of being helpful. In today’s blog post, Affordable Family Storage in Des Moines will take a look at five little-known storage unit tips.
Among the most common mistakes made when putting items in a storage unit is not properly packing your items. Not using the right techniques when packing your storage unit leads to clutter in your unit and even damage to your items. Storing items in plastic bags leads to more damage than other storage containers because they aren’t structurally stable, and they trap moisture.
Insects, spiders, and other pests are some of the leading causes of damage to items in storage units. Dryer sheets help to keep these pests away while also keeping your items smelling fresh. You can put these in the corners of boxes and let them do the work for you.
If you are a first-time storage renter and are using the new year to open up your new storage unit, you will need to be rightfully prepared to move your items into your unit. A common mistake made by first-time renters is not being prepared for the move itself. The best way to organize your unit is to keep your items organized before moving. You can pack your vehicle strategically to make sure that happens by packing your vehicle backward according to how you want your unit packed. This will save you time and energy as you unload your belongings.
If you are storing vehicles or home appliances like lawn mowers and weed eaters, you should drain the gas tanks prior to moving them into storage. This will keep your gas tank and engines healthy and also prevent any nasty spills or messes.
If you are storing a lot of things in your storage unit, specifically in cardboard boxes, it is vital to fill your boxes completely before storing. If you don’t fill your boxes completely, you run the risk of your boxes collapsing and potentially damaging your items.
Self-storage can be a frustrating game, but Affordable Family Storage wants to help. For more information or tips, give us a call at (515) 325-0248 or contact us online today.