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What to Keep in Storage Units

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Storage units can be extremely useful when it comes to a move. If you have some extra items you can't fit into your new place -- or if you need to find a temporary place for them -- storage is the way to go. These facilities are often rented on a month-to-month basis, so they can either be used as short-term or long-term solutions.

Items to keep in your storage unit

Though there are obvious laws about what you can and cannot keep in a storage unit, there are no real restrictions on what household items you can store. For example, you shouldn't keep weapons or explosives of any kind in a facility, along with anything else that may be against the law to possess. When deciding what to store away in your unit, you must take into account the size of the facility. This will ultimately determine which items to store and how many items you can fit.

Here is a list of items you should consider keeping in your storage facility:
  • Bed set and/or mattress
  • Couch
  • Chair(s)
  • Dressers
  • Bicycles or motorcycles
  • Miscellaneous boxes and containers
  • Collections (but try to avoid keeping valuables in non-secure locations)

Tips for using storage units

There are plenty of reasons to rent a storage unit, and likewise, there are plenty of tips to help you maximize efficiency.

Keep your items on pallets. It may sound like overkill, but keeping your belongings off of the floor is a good precaution. Sometimes, snow will melt and find its way under the door, or a neighbouring unit may have a spill that leaks into your storage container. Either way, it's good to keep everything elevated to avoid damage.

Label everything. You may know what you're storing in your unit now, but will you know a month from now? Six months? A year? We recommend labeling the items of each box and keeping an inventory of what you have in your storage unit. This way, you won't "misplace" anything or lose track of something valuable.

Plan for varying temperatures. Depending on your location, you should plan for temperature changes. Some items must be prepared for extreme cold, so be sure to properly pack all temperature-sensitive belongings. This can be solved by double-wrapping or insulating specific boxes and containers.

Buy your own lock. Most storage units have their own security of some sort, including standard locks, camera systems and guards. However, to ensure your unit's protection, use your own lock for extra security. We suggest a pad lock that can survive all types of weather because these often cannot be opened by bolt cutters.

Be careful with the space. Remember, you're just renting the storage unit. So, be sure not to damage the walls or floors with liquids or sprays of any kind. If you will be doing work or painting inside the space, it's a good idea to use plastic covering to protect the space from damage. Nobody likes an extra charge!

Play Tetris. If you've ever played the famous arcade game, you know the drill. When packing a box, a truck or a storage unit, these video game skills are going to help you succeed. Get creative if you need to! The best Tetris players know how to use space wisely and maximize the efficiency of their storage units.

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on February 3, 2015 - Moving Expert
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