Choosing Your Storage Unit

CHOOSING YOUR WOLLONGONG SELF STORAGE UNIT

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Planning on storing items short-term is quite different for items that will be kept in storage for years. Typically, when items are only to be kept in storage for a short period of time, it’s fine to keep them closer together. When items are being stored and kept for years they must have enough space for ventilation to maintain their quality. Things that call for use more often can be stored at the front of the storage unit.

THE PROCESS IN CHOOSING THE PERFECT STORAGE UNITS

Planning on storing items short-term is quite different for items that will be kept in storage for years. Typically, when items are only to be kept in storage for a short period of time, it’s fine to keep them closer together. When items are being stored and kept for years they must have enough space for ventilation to maintain their quality. Things that call for use more often can be stored at the front of the storage unit.

List a brief inventory of your items

Create a separate list for things you need to access regularly

Estimate the size of the things you plan to store in the units

Account for ventilation as part of the packing size

WHY THE PERFECT STORAGE MATTERS

The perfect storage unit matters because it preserves your items, especially things that are of high value. Preserving the quality of your items is important even if you’re not sure whether you will be using certain items in the near future. Keeping and storing your items in the right place where they can “breathe” means they are able to be preserved for a long time.

OTHER THINGS TO TICK OFF THE LIST

Before you dive into re-organising your items into new storage units, it’s necessary to review your current items and identify which ones you may still utilise. Items that are stored long enough without being used can become unusable, and can get worse with time if they remain stored and unused for long periods. If you can’t use it today or in the next few months, sometimes it’s better to sell, donate, or give it away. Storing unused items can cost you more than storage units, which, in the end, may not be a good idea.

HOW DO YOU GET THE BEST USE OF SPACE POSSIBLE? HERE IS A CHECKLIST YOU CAN USE:

  • Using your list of items to be stored determine the size of the longest item (height is not normally an issue) and biggest items you have to store.
  • The longest item will be an important factor in deciding what storage space you need. Knowing the biggest item helps make unit selection easier.
  • To give you an idea a double bed will need a unit that has a minimum length or width of 1.6m. It won’t fit in a 1 metre square unit.
  • Can you dismantle any items for storage? This can significantly reduce space required.
  • If some items will be stored in boxes, imagine how many boxes you think you will need.
  • Boxes make stacking and packing easier, both in storage and transporting. Use smaller boxes for heavy or delicate items and larger ones for bulky awkward items. Bags are a good way to protect items but they are not good for stacking.
  • Use good quality packing materials to keep your goods safe.
  • How you pack and arrange your unit will effect how easy it is to access goods in your unit.
  • Place the items you think you might need to access at the front of your unit or keep some space free for walking between items.
  • Be tidy when you take things in and out of your unit.
  • Can you stack your goods?
  • Can you put items on top of tables/fridges or other large items. This will help you make the most out of the unit’s area and volume.
  • If you want to store a vehicle how long, high and wide is your van, car, boat, trailer?
  • Do your items to be stored need special consideration, for example archives or wine? Consider using shelving as might be the best option.

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