Tips to Efficiently Pack Your Storage Unit

New to self storage and unsure about the how to best pack your storage unit? Swartz Creek Mini Storage in Swartz Creek, MI, has all the tools to make sure you get the most of your storage unit. Our experts can help walk you through the storage process to find the right storage unit size and amenities for what you are looking to store. Once you find the right one, look through our helpful guide on how to pack your storage unit, so you can make the most of your space. Get started with us today!

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How to Pack Your Storage Unit: 3 Essential Steps

1. Think About the Layout of Your Items

When you go to pick up belongings from your storage unit later, you will want to be able to access items in all corners of the unit. Create an aisle in the center of your storage unit to leave space so you can walk to the back and get to all of your boxes. It ensures that items stored in all corners are within reach, preventing the need to move multiple boxes just to access one item.

For efficiency’s sake, leave items toward the front by the roll-up door if you plan to swap them out frequently. If you plan on storing valuable items, we recommend placing them far back in your storage unit. This not only offers an extra layer of security but also minimizes the chances of accidental damage from frequent movement within the unit. Valuables placed far back are less likely to be seen or disturbed during regular visits.

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2. When Stacking Boxes, Put Heaviest on the Bottom and Lightest on the Top

You do not want to accidentally crush fragile items by stacking boxes in the wrong order. Shelves can help with additional organization. Use this same thought process for packing up your boxes. Put a few heavy on the bottoms with lighter items on top. Pay attention to the quality of the boxes you are using and the weight that accumulates as you are packing. Packing too heavy can cause the box to break or it could injure someone attempting to move it. 

3. Take the Time to Label

As you go to look for specific items later, you will be grateful for your labels. This way, you do not have to look all around your storage unit to find them and you can quickly filter through your boxes. Pack your boxes with similar objects for less confusion, and mark down the specifics on the side of the box. If you prefer to have one big list to reference, create a cheat sheet.

Stay Organized with Swartz Creek Mini Storage in Swartz Creek, MI

Ready to start renting a self storage space? Swartz Creek Mini Storage offers drive-up storage units and outdoor parking options on Morrish Road in Swartz Creek, MI. We can help local residents and businesses get organized with short-term or long-term storage, including boat and RV storage. Find us near Swartz Creek Middle School!

You can rent with Swartz Creek Mini Storage completely contact-free. Browse the storage units we have available near you, and use our online storage tools to help you find the right one. Our storage calculator can give you an accurate estimation of the storage unit size you need based on the items you enter into the tool. And if you have any questions along the way, check out our FAQ or contact our office to speak with a professional. Check out our self storage selection online, and rent your storage today!

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Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is a Content Marketing Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and snuggling in with a crochet project and her cat, Billie.