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5 Things You Should Know Before Using Rental Storage Unit

Updated on December 13, 2016

Throwing out thrash is easy, but hold onto item long enough and before you know it, it gains sentimental value. Sadly, even if you never intend to use it again, at this point discarding it stops being an option. This is why, no matter how big your home is, eventually it runs out of space. The only sensible thing in this situation would be to rent out a storage unit. Still, storing your personal belongings in such a place is not as simple as it may seem at first. Here are few things you need to know about it.

Under Lock and Key

The greatest downside of using rental storage unit is a fact that you won’t be able to keep an eye on it 24/7. While this doesn’t necessarily mean its safety is compromised, it is a risk you simply cannot afford to take. Because of this, investing in a quality lock usually sounds like a good idea. In fact, just by making your storage appear secure you can dissuade most of burglars. Faced with such difficulty, most of them just move on to an easier target.

Keep It off the Ground

When storing furniture, you need to prepare the place a bit. You can’t just stockpile your old sofas and armchairs and hope that they will still be in good shape when you return several years later. Mold is an ever present danger and there are few ways in which you can fight it. First, you want to keep your furniture off the ground and the easiest way to do so is to use wooden pallets. The second idea would be to wrap up everything that you can with a large cloth or a sealable plastic bags.

Easy to Organize

A storage unit isn’t just a place where you dump all those things you don’t use on a daily basis. Here, you are carefully storing things you intend to reuse sometimes in the future. This is why, you need to organize it appropriately. First, you need to make passage ways through your furniture so that every part of your storage is easily accessible. Imagine if you had to had to take out half the room to get an item from the back. This is also efficient as a mold repellant since it helps make the airflow much easier. Second, you want to use labels on all the boxes and items that are not as easy to identify at a first glance.

Accessible at All Times

Another thing you want in a rental storage unit is that is easily accessible. This usually means looking for storage options in your nearest vicinity. For people from New South Wales this would mean looking for Sydney storage. Seeing how it is only rental, in most cases, this makes it into a temporary solution. Needless to say, you need to be able to extract whatever is stored in there on a short notice.

Like Playing Tetris

Finally, the fact that you rented out a storage doesn’t mean you now have the unlimited amount of space on your disposal. In order not to run out of room once more, you may want to apply your Tetris skills a bit. Try to see patterns in your belongings and figure out which part should go where. In this way, you will both have fun while getting the most out of your storage unit. If your furniture still doesn’t seem to fit, you may want to try disassembling it.

Conclusion

Like anything else, proper storage management requires a no small amount of effort and skill. However, by taking it easy, doing your homework right and being systematic there is nothing that stands in your way. You will finally be able to place all your valuables in a single reliable place and get your money’s worth at the same time.

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