Whether you’re working to downsize your home or just entering a transitional period, renting a temporary storage unit can be a smart call. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s simple and straightforward. As with any move, putting your items into storage can bring on a few headaches. Hopefully these tips will help streamline the process!

Benefits of Temporary Storage

It all comes down to space. When your new place isn’t ready to take on all of your furniture or boxes of personal belongings, short-term storage is the way to go. You don’t have to make the decision right away about whether to keep, toss, or donate certain items. And you don’t have to cram everything you own into a single place all at once.

Storage Unit Packing Tips

You always want to use the right tools for the job. For moving, that means getting actual packing tape that’s specifically-designed to hold heavy boxes together. You don’t want to compromise on a material that’s just going to snap or peel off the box.

Then again, you also have the option to use plastic storage bins or totes. These can be especially useful for storage units because they’ll be sturdy and waterproof. Plus, you can get ones made of clear plastic. This can help you easily identify your belongings if you’ll be unloading the storage unit in phases.

Another great tip here is to create a storage unit inventory to reference. Maybe you’re stacking kitchen items in the front and your garage tools in the back. It might sound obvious now, but there’s a good chance you’ll forget that process later on. Making notes in the moment for how the storage unit is getting packed will help you avoid some future headaches.

Additionally, you’ll want to be strategic with how that square footage actually fills up. Are you able to plan ahead and correctly store the furniture? You don’t want those pieces to take over the entire space before you get the boxes situated. Or have you been able to adequately wrap and protect your more expensive items to keep them safe and make sure nothing breaks?

Hiring a couple of trained packers and movers is sure to speed up the process. Think about any artwork, fragile mirrors or glassware, large exercise equipment, or other things that might be awkward to pack. You want to make sure they’ll be protected. Passing that work on to a professional will almost always give you a better outcome. It’s never fun to have surprises when you’re finally ready to pull your belongings out of storage.

Need Help with Your Move?

If all of this sounds a little annoying—it doesn’t have to be! Hiring a team of professional movers can help ensure you’re maximizing the space of your storage unit and keeping all of your belongings safe. There’s a certain skillset involved in packing a storage unit correctly, and your local movers can bring that expertise to the table for you. After all, it’s pretty similar to loading up the moving truck.

By entrusting the moving and packing to a good moving company, you can have more peace of mind that all of your furniture and boxes will be secure and stable while in storage. Moreover, you won’t have the hassle of moving all of those heavy items yourself! It’s a win-win.

Please feel free to give Colt Moving a call if you’re getting ready to load or unload your storage unit. Our team would be happy to work with you and make the day go as smoothly as possible!