Packing and Self-Storage Tips from 5 Star Storage

5 Star Storage provides the best storage units in Solana Beach, CA. But even though we provide some of the best storage units with the best amenities and security features around, we know that there are some additional tips and tricks that can help you make the best storage situation for your items and belongings.

Take Extra Steps to Preserve Your Items

Even though 5 Star Storage is secure and keep unwanted visitors out of your unit is made easy, there is always a chance that bugs and other pests can get in the cracks and crevices of pretty much anything. To protect your belongings for the long term, make sure to wrap anything that can provide a home for these pests. Appliances, furniture, computers, etc, should all be wrapped up to prevent any unwanted pests making a home in your items.

Bubble wrap is extremely helpful when it comes to storing more fragile items such as mirrors, dishes, glasses, etc. Bubble wrapping these items will help to prevent any unwanted damage to these items during the jostling that can occur during a move.

Make sure not to store perishable items like food, which can attract rodents and insects. Additionally, flammable items like paint and other chemicals should never be stored. When storing items like lawn mowers, leaf blowers, lawn edgers and other similar equipment, drain all corrosive fluids before storing to prevent damage to the items and other items in the unit.

Storage Unit Organization

Store larger items in the back of your unit since you won’t have to access these items as much, and make sure that you store more frequently accessed packages and boxes closer to the front of the unit.  An underrated storage unit tip is to create an aisle down the middle of the unit to allow you to move to the back of the unit with ease. Try to place furniture on its end in the corners of the unit to preserve room and use the height of the unit to your advantage. To save room with chairs, when possible, stack chairs on top of each other.

Get Creative With Your Storage Space

Once you run out of room in the storage unit, you may need to find additional hidden space. Here are some insider tips on ways to make use of some of the less obvious storage spaces:

  • Use the empty space inside of furniture and dressers to store fragile items or items that you would prefer not be out and about in the unit. Of course, this is also a great space to store clothing.
  • Fill drawers with clothes instead of filling up additional space with boxes of clothes after you move them into the unit.
  • Fill washing machines and dryers inside blankets, towels, clothes or other items once you move them into the unit.