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How to make the most out of a small space

By Blog Author on Tues. Sept. 4th, 2017

When you’re left with limited space in your storage unit, you want to make the most of it. Knowing a few tricks about how to best organize your unit and maximize space could result in saved time and money. Here are some tips we've put together to help you out.tools-690038_1920.jpg

  • Box Tips
    Packing a storage unit is a lot like playing a game of Tetris and good planning will go a long way. A good way to start is to use boxes of similar size. This will allow you to safely stack on top of one another from floor to ceiling. Also, make sure and purchase good quality boxes to be sure that they will hold the weight of the stacked boxes without losing their integrity or falling apart.
    When stacking boxes, it's best to start with the heaviest on bottom and work your way up with the lighter ones. Try to pack the boxes as full as you can, this will prevent the boxes from being crushed when stacking. You can also fill space in boxes containing big heavy items with smaller lighter items to get the maximum amount of storage possible from the box.
    Label the boxes with their contents on the outside, be specific as this will help save time when searching for a item.
  • Maximize the use of veritcal space
    The most efficient way pack your unit is vertically. You want to utilize the full height of the unit as well as the width. One way to do this is to add some temporary shelving. With shelving the floor will be open for larger items.
  • Use Peg Boards
    A pegboard is the best way to hold all of the small items, such as tools, that you do not want to pack away and might need to access frequently. Not only does it allow each item to be easily displayed and accessed, but it frees up the floor and takes up no extra space.
  • Store Large Items
    Dismantle the larger things you are storing as much as possible. For instance if you are storing a dining room table simply removing the table legs can save a ton of space. Store the pieces together wrapped so nothing gets misplaced. Keep hardware in a sandwich bag taped to the items it belongs to, this will make sure the furniture is ready to be assembled as soon as you pull it out of storage.
    Big items like mattresses and couches should be kept at the back of the storage unit. Storing the sofa vertically, if possible, will use less floor space. You can use the drawers in dressers, bureaus, even ovens to store items as well.
  • Additional Tips
    • Make sure and leave room to access your stored items. A small path between boxes would be best. This way if you do need to access something in the unit you avoid having to unpack everything.
    • Keep any items you think you might need to use in the near future as close to the front of the unit as possible.
    • Keep a step stool in your storage to use incase you need to reach an item stored up high.