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Tips from Zandermen Storage

Storage units are an efficient way to preserve belongings when you don’t have storage space in your home, you’re making a transition to a new house or you’re a college student going home for the summer. Whether you’re getting ready to move or are clearing out clutter, a variety of storage unit options ensure you’ll find a storage unit to fit your needs.

There are several different types of storage units to choose from, and we hope these storage tips will help you discover the best fit. Our units work well for storing sensitive belongings, and we have storage units large enough to store a vehicle. Businesses also frequently benefit from using self storage to maintain important files. Whatever you need, we have a space for you!

Get started on finding the perfect storage unit by using our storage unit size guide to discover your ideal space.

Tips for Packing for Storage

1. Purchase Packing Supplies

Before you get started packing, you’ll need to determine what type of packing supplies you need and how much of each. While some items work best in cardboard boxes, others may be better suited for a heavy-duty plastic container with a lid.

2. Properly Pack Furniture

Once you’ve moved your furniture into your Zandermen Storage unit, avoid using plastic coverings for long-term storage. This can potentially lead to moisture damage for your furniture. To protect your furniture from dust and other debris, we recommend draping your furniture loosely with blankets or quilts.

3. Pack Appliances Safely

You can use your Zandermen Storage unit to store small and large appliances when they’re not in use! Before moving your appliances to your storage unit, be sure to drain any remaining liquid from water lines and remove any fragile parts or glass shelves. Once it’s in your unit, make sure the appliance remains off per your storage unit agreement.

4. Pack Clothing in Storage Bins

For packing away clothing, we recommend that you purchase plastic containers with lids. This will help to prevent dust, mildew and moisture from getting to your clothes. To ward off moths or unwanted odor, use cedar balls. Make sure to label your containers for easy access in the future if needed.

Tips for Organizing a Storage Unit

1. Maximize Your Storage Space

When you’re packing your storage unit and moving each item in, it can seem like you run out of space quickly. To get the most out of every square inch, it’s time to think vertically. Start from the bottom and stack your heaviest and largest boxes on the bottom layer — then move up.

If you’re looking for even more organization, consider bringing in temporary shelves (approved by your property manager) to help organize large items that don’t fit inside boxes. Lastly, if you’re moving in furniture, disassemble it as much as you can. This helps you to stack pieces of furniture on top of one another, creating more space.

2. Use Packing Labels on Everything

For peace of mind and to save you time in the future, be sure to label everything. Ensuring that each label can be easily seen will help you to find the items you’re looking for when you stop by your storage space and get in and out in a snap.

3. Organize by Priority

Make an inventory list of everything you’re taking to your storage unit. When you get to your unit, make sure you prioritize the items you may need to take out sooner rather than later. Is it October and you’re going to be needing your holiday decorations soon? Put those boxes towards the front or in an easy-to-access location.

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