Four Tips for Packing a Self Storage Unit

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Like anyone who rents a self storage unit, you’d probably like to maximize the space that you have. By putting a little forethought into how you’ll pack and organize everything, you’ll find that there’s a lot more room inside than you’d originally expected!

Follow these tips for efficiently and effectively packing a self storage unit:

Sort by priority. Sort the items you’d like to store into three main categories: things you won’t need for the foreseeable future, things you might need from time to time, and things you’ll probably need regular and easy access to. Store the least-needed items in the far reaches of the unit, and keep the items you’ll need access to near the front.

Leave a path. Even if you’re quite certain that you won’t need to access the items you place in the back of your unit, things happen. It’s crucial to be able to move around the unit to get things when and if they’re needed, so leave a path through your belongings for easy access.

Start in the back. Since you’ll have prioritized the items you’re storing, you should already know which ones go in the back and which ones go in the front. Start by packing the items in the back and work your way forward. Otherwise, you’ll have to double back, and the careful packing you’ve already completed may be undone.

Designate an area for fragile items. Choose a corner of the unit and use it to store especially fragile items. It’s far easier to steer clear of an entire corner than it is to constantly be on the lookout for easily breakable items.

Packing a self storage unit efficiently is as simple as putting a little thought into it beforehand. With these tips in mind, you’ll have no problem maximizing every last square foot of storage space. can help you find the space you need. Locate a storage facility near you with the help of and start creating extra space in your home today.

6 thoughts on “Four Tips for Packing a Self Storage Unit

  1. I like that you said that you should make a path so you can move around the unit to get things when or if they are needed. It can be a hard thing to do to downsize or need to simply take a few things out of your home so packing a storage unit in a way that everything is accessible can be really helpful. My brother is going to be moving out of his home soon so I’ll have to ask if he has considered placing some of his things in a storage unit until he finds a new home.

  2. Wow, I hadn’t thought about leaving a path in the middle, to get to the things in the back. I have been thinking about getting a storage unit, but I didn’t know how to pack it. It makes sense to leave an opening, because you never know when you might need something.

  3. I like your suggestion to put all fragile and breakable things in one corner so they’re easier to avoid. My husband and I are going to be moving around for a while, and I want to make sure my collection of china is safe. Designating breakable items to one section of a storage unit might be a good way to avoid damaging my collection while we’re gone.

  4. That’s a good tip to store the least needed things in the far reaches of your unit. That way more needed things will be more accessible. I’m moving into an apartment for school; there’s not a lot of space, so I may get a unit to make up for that.

  5. Thanks for the great tips for storing things in a storage unit. I like how you said to start in the back with the things we know we won’t need for a while. We’re hoping to pack up all of our winter decorations and equipment, so this is helpful!

  6. I really like the suggestion you made, that if you haven’t already packed, take a good guess on how many boxes you are going to need which will give you an idea of the size of needed. My husband and I are going to be moving and will be getting a storage unit.

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