Have you noticed that somehow, no matter how we arrange items in our homes, we always lack space? We’ll take a guess and say that’s probably the main reason why folks throughout the USA use storage containers. Now, what happens if we run out of space even there? Sounds ironic, right? We’re here to help you out with that problem. As always, the key to success is in good organization. In the article below, we’ll show you the ways to maximize space in your storage container. It’s probably easier than managing your moving budget or something. By the time you’ve finished reading it, you’ll be equipped with some helpful info. Lacking free space will no more be a problem for you.
First things first – cover the floor of your storage unit with a thick sheet of plastic
Before you begin loading your storage container, it might be best to cover the floor with a thick sheet of plastic. Why’s that? Well, it guards your storage room against sudden temperature changes and harsh winter weather. That is unless you’ve rented a climate-controlled unit. Also, the plastic floor cover will protect the bottom of your boxes from condensation. You don’t want any mold or mildew appearing. Here’s a quick tip: always use boxes instead of bags. Although it might not have much to do with space, we figured it would be totally fine to share this piece of advice with you. Since you’re making a new arrangement, there’s no reason to avoid doing something that will help you in the long run.
Introducing the Russian Doll Method
Are you familiar with the Russian Matryoshka doll? You might’ve seen that one: a small wooden doll, inside a bigger doll, inside an even bigger doll, and so on. The way these dolls fit into one another is how you should arrange some of your storage items. For example, you have three suitcases. They’re all in different sizes. Put the smallest one into the middle one, and put the middle one into the biggest one. See what you can do with the other items. Of course, don’t forget to write what you’ve put where so that you don’t end up thinking things are suddenly disappearing from your storage container. More about the subject is in the paragraph below.
A quick tip: Keep an inventory
Write down everything you put into your storage container. That way, you’ll have a clear picture of what’s where. It only takes a pen and a piece of paper, and it will make your life a lot easier. As we’ve already mentioned, the key to success lies in good organization. Write everything down on paper, and you’ll never have to spend a minute wondering where you put whatever you’re looking for.
Disassemble the furniture (if possible)
One of the ways to maximize space in your storage container is to dismantle the furniture you’re planning to store. Let’s say you’re moving to another part of your town. You’re wondering whether to downsize or not, and you still can’t make up your mind about some pieces of furniture present in your home for god knows how long. You’ve decided to store them until you figure out what to do. The best way you’ll save space in your storage room is to disassemble bulky furniture into pieces (if possible, of course).
While on the subject of moving, placing some of your items in storage will make it cheaper, as there will be fewer things to move. However, there are always many hidden costs to it. Storage is just one of them. Thus, make sure you know what lies ahead. Of course, there’s always a chance you’ll need to pay for things you didn’t expect. Still, if you set aside some budget for unexpected expenses, you will be fine.
The best way to ensure you’ll have a lot of space to move in your (probably) overcrowded storage room is to go vertical! By that, we mean you should use all the wall space you can. Don’t cover the ground with boxes or something, but stack them one on top of the other. Remember: heavier ones go at the bottom. As if you wouldn’t figure that one yourself, right? Anyway, use as much wall space as possible. Install some hooks, too.
This one’s a very cool packing tip, regardless of this topic. You can save a lot of space by vacuum-sealing your clothes, pillows, blankets, etc. Putting them into boxes, you lose too much free space. By vacuum-sealing some of your items, you will not only save some space, but you’ll also keep them clean and protected. If that’s not a winning combination, then we don’t know what is.
Don’t forget to take extra caution when packing breakables
This one probably goes without saying, but let’s mention it anyway. Even though your mission is to free up some space, you need to pay good attention when you’re packing and storing breakables. First of all, ensure the safety of your fragile belongings. Afterward, think about the best way to arrange them, so you don’t lose much space.
A few words more and then we’re off
These were some of the ways to maximize space in your storage container. Hopefully, now you’ve learned how to creates free space where you thought it was unimaginable. Besides these tips, you can try out ideas you’ve made up. People can get pretty imaginative and creative when setting up new arrangements. Some even use the storage room ceiling to store their stuff. As you can see, there are no boundaries. We’re pretty sure you’ll figure something out!