Self-storage is a convenient solution for keeping your household items safe for a short or long period. For instance, you can opt for this approach if you are transitioning slowly from one home to another. It is also a good choice when downsizing or de-cluttering a house. If you are planning on using a self-storage unit for the first time, you might find the process a little daunting. Here are simple guidelines to help you prepare for this project.

Choose Your Storage

You should select a good self-storage unit to match your needs. Keep in mind that your choice will influence convenience, safety and cost. In general, it is important to look at the best location to store your goods. If you will need frequent access, the spot should be close to your home or workplace. The chosen property should also be secure for your goods. You should check the measures put in place before confirming the rental agreement. Additionally, check the size of the individual units and choose the one that is most compatible with your needs.

Review the Items

Once you have chosen a unit, you should review the items that you intend to store. You should sort the goods so that you will ensure optimal efficiency during storage. If you have a lot of items that you would like to keep, you might need to consider reducing the load. Storing unnecessary things could mean congestion in your unit and difficulty accessing items in the future. Where possible, you should sell or donate some of the items.

Use Containers

The use of containers to hold your items before placing them in storage can make your life easier. This will protect the goods from harmful environmental conditions, and it will prevent deterioration due to general pests. Also, containers will consolidate the items and will allow for stacking, ensuring efficient use of storage space. In general, you can use cartons or boxes for your storage needs. However, plastic bins will offer more protection. If you choose clear ones, you will find it more convenient to access your goods.

List and Label

Finally, you should make a clear list of all the items that you will place in your self-storage unit. The inventory will be critical for keeping track of your valuables. Often, people become uncertain about the location of their goods after placing them in storage. If you have an inventory, you can avoid confusion and panic. It is also advisable to label all the boxes, bins and bags before sending them to storage for convenient tracking. 

Contact a local storage facility to learn more.