Packing a storage unit is one of those things that sounds super simple, but may actually turn out to be pretty frustrating. That is simply because most people don't approach packing the storage unit with any kind of real plan. You may rent a storage unit because you need a place to keep a few items until they're needed again, or maybe you need a spot to stash extra equipment for your business. No matter what your reason for needing a storage unit is, there are ways you can make the packing easier. In fact, it can be as simple as a couple of quick questions.

How Long Will It Be There?

Before you pack a storage unit, stop and take a quick inventory of items based on how long they'll stay there. This might only take a few minutes, but it can save time down the road. For example, those items that are going to be in the storage unit for a year or longer don't need to be in the front of the unit. This is even more true for the items that you have no concrete plans to take out of storage at all.

The longer the items will stay, the deeper in the back of the unit they go. This means you can save the space up front for the items you will need in the near future. It will take only minutes to grab and go this way, and there is no need for continual rearranging.

Is It Delicate?

You probably already thought ahead as far as packing your breakable items up properly. While bubble wrap and protective blankets are certainly a smart protective measure for your grandma's wedding china, many people don't stop to think about the other types of delicate things that are often put in storage. Two things that people often forget about are:

  • Plastic Items: Plastic items like record albums are delicate because they are vulnerable to temperature extremes. In fact, most types of plastic have the potential to warp in the hot weather and become brittle in freezing weather. For any potentially delicate plastics, climate controlled storage units are preferable. If that's not possible, consider insulating blankets for winter. Wood pallets on the floor of the unit can keep some air circulation going and may help prevent the worst of heat damage in the summer.
  • Books: Books are easily damaged when left in storage because they are so vulnerable to moisture. The least bit of moisture can leave treasured volumes looking and even smelling bad. Books can also be vulnerable to pests. To prevent these problems, valuable books should be kept in climate controlled storage. Always keep books in waterproof plastic containers within the storage unit. This prevents not only actual liquid but also traces of moisture from creeping in.

While it may seem simple, just taking the time to determine the two things above can be a big help when it comes to packing your storage unit. The better you plan, the easier your trips to and from the storage locker will be in the future!