We’ve all seen people who switched houses and make it look super easy. The way they organise, de-clutter, store, and then transfer all their things from one place to another, almost like they could do it blindfolded. Whatever the circumstances, these ‘types’ of people are pro, whether it’s dealing with changing homes or just maximising the space they have.
We sat down with a vlogger who specialises in professional organisation to really find out if people are born de-cutter-savvy or if it’s something that can be crafted. One key takeaway from our interview was her ‘secret to success’ which just might surprise you: storage units.
She told us “storage units come in super handy when one is planning to store and keep away items for a long time. You must have heard the 7 Cs of communication, but the 4 Ds of life (death, divorce, downsizing, and dislocation) can be the most probable causes for using storage units.”
She provided us with an overwhelming amount of tips and tricks, but we’ve tried to narrow it down to the top six. So if you’re planning on storing your items in long term storage, this article is for you.
1) De-Clutter Your Items
Although most storage units are rented on a month-by-month basis, the most dangerous misuse of these storage facilities is through keeping things that you will not need later. To avoid this, it’s necessary to de-clutter and only store items that will be of purpose in the long run.
2) Keep your Items Clean and Dry
It is extremely important to pack items in a clean and dried state for long-term storage. Packing clothing items that have food remains on them, or any stains at all, is never a good idea. It is ideal to wash them and allow ample time for drying before you put start packing them up.
3) Label Now – Save your Time Later
You might think that you will remember items that you have placed in each storage box but believe us, we’ve been there better and it’s never the way. It’s better to label each box as you go, instead of getting flustered later when you have zero clues to what each box contains. Additionally, make sure that you label your storage boxes from the outside, not from the above. Labelling above will be of no use if you’re planning on stacking them upon one another.
4) Make a List for Future Reference
Writing down always helps. By making a list of all the items that you will be keeping in storage boxes will save you a lot of time and patience. Another good idea is to make an initial list first and then go through it a day or two later to see if these are the things that you want to store.
5) Say No to Plastic
Yes, plastic is cheap, and it is easier to store a lot of items in plastic bags, but it isn’t a good plan for long-term storage. Not only is plastic hazardous and dangerous for the environment, but also for your goods. It’s not breathable and can trap moisture which can lead to damaging your items.
6) Get Storage Insurance
Most self storage facilities don’t offer insurance as standard, which means ultimately, you’re responsible for your own personal items. For peace of mind, you should take out your own insurance, but it must cover goods being placed in self storage. Not all household insurances will cover you whilst your possessions are in a self storage facility, so it’s important to check the terms and conditions of your insurance provider.