When you are paying for each square foot of storage, you want to save as much space as possible. Here are six tips for making the most of the space you have.
1. Dejunk. This may seem obvious, but many people are in a hurry when they move and pack indiscriminately. The easiest way to do this is to focus on what you want to keep instead of what you need to get rid of. Only pack the items that spark joy and make you happy. If your items are going to be in storage a long time, it may be cheaper to replace them than to store them. If you find that you don't care enough about an item to even pack it, get rid of it.
2. Roll your clothes. This will prevent them from wrinkling and will also save on space. Here is a quick run-down on how you roll each item:
- Pants - fold them in half vertically then roll from the ankles up
- Shirts - fold the sleeves in, fold the shirt in half vertically, then roll from the waist up
- Socks - lay one on top of the other then roll from the toes up (this will prevent any elastic from stretching, as well)
- Skirts - fold in half vertically then roll from the waist down
Suits and other bulkier items should be stored on hangers or folded carefully. Make sure all items are washed thoroughly because stains will set while in storage.
3. Use vacuum seal bags. Place your rolled clothing, blankets, pillows, sheets, and bedding in vacuum seal bags. When you suck all the air out of these items they will take up less space.
4. Use all empty space. Don't forget that you can pack items in dresser drawers, empty refrigerators, and washers and dryers. You can also place boxes on shelves and under beds, dressers, couches, and end tables. Use these large items wisely because they can help you utilize your vertical space. Many large pieces of furniture can be stood up on their sides with light items placed on top. If you don't want to use them vertically, take them apart to save more space.
5. Use garbage cans for odd-shaped items. Trash cans can hold brooms, rakes, tools, wrapping paper rolls, or tall furniture pieces.
6. Use as many boxes and plastic containers as possible. While it may seem cheaper to toss items in plastic bags, they don't stack easily and are not durable. Pack boxes of books and heavy items and then use those boxes as a base. Stack lighter and more fragile items on top of those.
If you aren't sure how much space you will need, talk to a storage facility owner like Epic Group Inc. They can advise you on which size of unit to procure and how to best pack it.