When choosing the best self-storage facility for you, there are a few things you want to keep in mind. First, you want to choose a storage facility that won’t cost an arm and a leg — after all, what is the point of renting a storage unit if you can’t afford it. Next, you want to make sure it is secure. At Chapel Hill Self Storage Centre, we take care to make our facilities secure by having an electric gate at the front, an on-site manager during regular hours, well-lit aisles, and video recording. Lastly, you want your storage unit to be in a convenient place. Thankfully, we think we check all three of these boxes. Our affordable self-storage units are located right across the street from Chapel Hill Mall! You can check out our pricing by following the link above, and be sure to get in contact with us if you are interested in any of our regular or climate-controlled self-storage units.

Now, if you are going to choose the best self-storage place, you’re also going to want to take some time to know how to best utilize your storage unit. In today’s post, we are offering some tips on how to use self-storage like a pro. Unlike full-service storage, self-storage gives you the option to pack however neatly or haphazardly you want (we suggest the former as you’ll find out below). Keep reading to learn some must-know tips and tricks!

Know Before You Go

This might be the best advice we can offer you: Head to your storage unit with a plan. While you may not know exactly how you will store everything, consider things like: Am I going to dismantle this table to store it as-is? What items do I need to have in the front? Do I know what boxes those are in? Am I going to want to cover anything with sheets or plastic?

If you will need to make multiple trips to your unit, make sure to take the boxes you want in the back of the unit first so you don’t have to shuffle them around once you bring your future loads.

Know How To Pack Certain Items

Placing books one by one into a big box is super easy. Moving that 75-pound box once it is packed isn’t. Pack books in smaller boxes so you don’t end up trying to haul 25 of your most important college textbooks into the back of a unit (in fact, you could just sell those).

Also, mirrors and picture frames should be stored upright, and photographs should not be stacked on top of each other if they are not in protective sleeves.

Use A Wardrobe Box For Clothes

Wardrobe boxes are essentially cardboard closets designed to hang suits, dresses, and other important clothing items without them losing their shape. You’d be surprised how many creases can permanently form in a wedding dress when it is thrown into a box!

Use Pallets

While we pride ourselves on having some of the cleanest storage units around, there is still a chance that ants, mice, or roaches will make their way into your unit at some point. If you lay down pallets before putting your items in, this will give you a couple extra inches of defense against these types of things.

Check On Your Items

Again, we like to think we are one of the best self-storage facilities in the area and take measures to protect your items. For example, we have video recording and are in a gated facility. However, if you moved your boxes in during a rainy day and closed up your unit, it is possible some mildew has formed. Or you never know if bugs have found their way into your unit. Be sure to check from time to time to make sure your items are in good shape, and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you suspect some sort of pest problem. You can also throw moisture absorbers or mothballs in your unit for extra precaution.

Use Boxes That Are Meant To Be Stacked

You’ll want to utilize as much height as you can, and half-rotten cardboard boxes are not the best way to do this. Invest in plastic storage bins that neatly stack on top of one another. These will be sturdier than cardboard and will last decades. This will also keep the items safer from water and dust than cardboard will. Start with the heaviest boxes on the bottom and work towards lighter boxes on top.

Leave An Aisle

Most storage units are deeper than they are wide, which means you may have to travel to the back of your unit to get some items. While most people know to put the items you use the least in the back, only the pros know to leave an aisle in your unit so it’s not as much of a hassle to get those hard-to-reach items.

Tape Up  Your Boxes

While you might not think you need packing tape when moving items to storage, you would be surprised how much dust can seep through the creases in cardboard boxes. Prevent this to some extent by sealing those boxes up tight with packing tape.

Choose Chapel Hill Self-Storage In Akron!

Hopefully, this post has given you some good ideas about how to store like a pro. Of course, if you have any questions about storage units — such as what needs to be in climate-controlled self-storage and what doesn’t, or how to best prevent mildew in your unit — just let us know! We are more than happy to answer your questions in order to give you the best self-storage experience ever.

We offer storage units in a myriad of sizes and can accommodate both long-term and sshort-termself-storage. That means whether you need a huge 10×30 storage unit for several years or a small 5×5 storage unit for a month or two, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch with Chapel Hill Self Storage Centre today!