Smart Storage: 3 Brilliant Ideas to Optimise Floor Space in Self Storage Units


If you're leaving for a temporary period, then you probably don't want to get rid of your household items and furniture. A self storage unit is the perfect choice for holding on to your items till you return. If you've got a ton of household stuff to fit into a small self storage space, it's time to think a little creatively. Optimising your space by placing items smartly will save you a lot of time and effort when you need to retrieve a few items midway. Here are some ideas to optimise floor space in self storage units.

Smart Shelves

Using open shelves in the self storage unit is a smart way to stack some of your household accessories. You can either purchase plastic or metallic shelves to place on storage unit walls. This way you will be able to place your items in specific spots that make them easier to find when you need to retrieve them.

Shelving items will help you organise your items much better and you'll be able to use the vertical height in the self storage unit shrewdly. Store your delicate and breakable items on the top shelves, so nothing falls and damaged them. By clearing up floor space, you leave yourself room for easier movement without fear of tripping over some of your precious items.

Place Items in Boxes for Stacking

Ideally, place as many items as possible in boxes that can be stacked to free up and declutter floor space. By packing your items in sealed boxes, you will also retain their lifespan for longer. Sturdy cardboard boxes will prevent dust and mould from setting on and damaging your precious accessories.

You can then stack the boxes one on top of the other. Start with the large boxes at the bottom and the smaller boxes on the top. Cardboard boxes can easily be collected or bought from a local grocery store; most often, they throw them away, so you probably won't have to spend a cent for them. Ensure that you label all the contents of the box; it's highly unlikely that you'll remember what you've put in each box after a year.

Place Large Items in the Back & Smaller Items Forward

Start by planning larger items in the back and smaller items in the front of the self storage unit for the most optimal use of space. Placing large items in the front will restrict your movement and will not use floor space effectively. Make sure you place items you may need to retrieve midway in the front of the unit, so you won't have to spend precious time looking for it somewhere in the back. For example, maybe you want to retrieve a small lamp from the unit; you certainly don't want to be looking for it in a dark and hidden corner.

By smartly placing items in self storage units, you will optimise the floor space to take maximum advantage of a small area. For more tips, contact local companies like Eastlakes Self Storage.


2 June 2015

Storing my family heirlooms

After my parents passed away I inherited a lot of bulky furniture items that have been in my family for many generations. My current inner city flat is nowhere near big enough for it so I rented out a storage unit. Sometimes I head out to the storage lot just to look through it and remember them. Luckily the furniture has stayed in great condition and one day when I finally get a big family home, I'll be able to have it all on display. I spent a lot of time researching the best way to store vintage furniture long term, and it's all on my site. Enjoy!