How to Store, Arrange, and Protect Your Belongings in a Storage Unit

When it comes to de-cluttering your home and/or finding a temporary storage solution for some of your belongings, renting a self-storage unit is an excellent option. However, if you wish to make the most out of your self-storage experience, it’s very handy to know how to store your items correctly, how best to arrange them, and (more importantly) how to keep them properly protected.

In this article, we’re going to guide you through the process of storing your items in your newly rented self-storage unit, with some helpful organisation tips, whilst ensuring their safety and protection.

Let’s jump straight into it! 

How do you store belongings in a storage unit?

It might sound self-explanatory, but how does one go about storing items in a self-storage unit? The following tips will help you get started: 

Pensive man pushing cart with belongings inside storage unit
  1. Categorise and label your items: Before you start with the packing process, be sure to categorise your belongings into groups such as clothing, books, kitchenware, or furniture. This process might seem like a waste of time, but it will definitely make it easier to find specific items later. Label your boxes accordingly, indicating the contents within, including any special handling instructions. This will save you from misplacing or accidentally breaking valuables. 
  2. Use appropriate packing materials: When packaging your items for storage, use sturdy boxes, plastic bins, and/or storage containers. Any fragile items should be wrapped up in bubble wrap or suitable packing paper to prevent any accidental breakages. Make sure you utilise packing materials efficiently and fill any empty spaces in your boxes to avoid delicate items shifting about during transportation.
  3. Disassemble large furniture: To maximise your available space, disassemble any large furniture such as bed frames and tables. Just make sure that you keep screws, bolts, and other small parts in labelled bags and tape them up securely (attached to the relevant furniture) for easy reassembly later.
  4. Protect your mattresses and sofas: Don’t forget to cover mattresses and sofas with protective covers so you can keep them clean and shielded from dust or any potential damage. This will help preserve them during prolonged storage. 
Young woman storing boxes in unit of self-storage facility

How do you arrange items in a storage unit?

Another thing worth your consideration is how you arrange the items in your storage unit. Without any real plan or layout to your self-storage, you’ll soon find that your unit will become cluttered and disorganised, making it very difficult to find what you are looking for – which defeats the purpose entirely. Here are some helpful tips for keeping things well-organised: 

  1. Plan your layout: Before you start moving your items into the storage unit, plan the layout in advance. For example, consider placing your most frequently accessed items near the front for easy retrieval. Also, try to leave walkways between stacks of boxes and furniture to maintain accessibility. 
  2. Optimise vertical space: Be sure to utilise the vertical space available to you by stacking boxes and items from floor to ceiling. Naturally, you should place heavier items at the bottom and the lighter ones on top. You can also use shelving units or pallets to create additional layers for storage.
  3. Leave an aisle: Create an aisle in the middle of the unit to navigate through the items easily. This will save you time and effort when you need to find or retrieve specific belongings and get out of there promptly.
  4. Tuck what you don’t need away: While planning your layout you should also think about the items you aren’t likely going to need. Store these items at the back of the unit, while keeping any frequently used items closer to the entrance. 
Cropped portrait of unrecognizable young woman packing boxes with tape gun while standing by self storage unit, copy space

How do you protect your belongings in a storage unit?

Finally, let’s talk about how you can ensure that your belongings are properly protected in your storage unit: 

  1. Choose a secure storage facility: Before you rush into the first storage facility you come across, take the time to ensure that they provide reliable security measures, such as 24-hour surveillance cameras, access control systems, and on-site security personnel. This is a great way to ensure that your belongings are protected from theft or unauthorised access.
  2. Climate-controlled storage: If you have temperature-sensitive items such as electronics, artwork, or wooden furniture, it may be worth considering renting a climate-controlled storage unit. These units can maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, thus protecting your belongings from extreme weather conditions or moisture-related damage.
  3. Use pallets or shelves: Elevate your belongings off the floor using pallets or shelving units. This will help prevent damage from potential water leaks or pests, whilst improving airflow to keep your items in optimal condition. Of course, if you choose a reputable self-storage provider, you shouldn’t have any trouble with water damage or pest control, but it’s better to take the appropriate precautions just in case.
  4. Purchase insurance: You can provide an additional layer of protection for your belongings by obtaining storage insurance. Check with your chosen storage facility or your usual insurance provider and explore any options that may cover potential loss, damage, or theft. While you should not need it, having insurance can give you that extra peace of mind. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the best way to make the most out of your self-storage experience is to get organised, package and label your items accordingly, and utilise vertical space. 

The above tips are not essential of course. You are welcome to store your items as you see fit, however, with some planning and due diligence, you’ll save yourself a whole lot of time and effort in the long run. 

In any case, we hope you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss renting a self-storage space with Keep It Self-Storage in Bangkok, please feel free to contact us today and we’ll gladly help. Alternatively, we have a comprehensive FAQ page for your reference.