Renting a storage unit?
It’s so tempting to just throw everything inside, lock the door, and forget about it…
But trust us, to make the most of the space available, there are a few steps you should always take. Investing a little time and effort to pack the unit properly can make a huge difference, optimising the storage capacity of the unit itself – and potentially even saving you money!
So to help you get organised, here the experts from Go Store Go – our container storage centre in Liverpool – offer their advice on how to tackle self-storage like a pro.
5 tips to make the most of your storage unit
1. Choose your self-storage centre wisely
First things first, you need to find a self-storage centre that can fully meet your needs. Don’t simply type ‘self-storage in Liverpool’ into Google and choose the first company that you find. It’s important to do your research and consider lots of different factors, including:
- – the size and type of storage units they supply
- – the cost
- – the company’s on-site facilities
- – security (e.g. do they have CCTV?)
- – the location of the centre
- – site opening and access times
- – whether they will collect your belongings
Here at Gap Containers, our self-storage facility in Liverpool certainly covers all the bases. We have 10ft, 20ft and 40ft storage units, all available immediately for a very competitive price. These can be hired monthly and are located on our secure site at Knowsley Industrial Park – making them an ideal option for those in Liverpool and the surrounding areas.
We believe our self-storage service is second-to-none. But don’t just take our word for it. We have lots of fantastic customer testimonials, so be sure to check them out.
2. Create an inventory
Before contacting the self-storage centre, make a list of everything you wish to keep in the unit.
This can be useful for several reasons. Firstly, it can make it much easier for you to select the right size for your needs. It’ll also help you to organise the unit when loading it up. The list doesn’t need to be super detailed; a general overview will do the job. And it’s often worth drawing a basic map to demonstrate where certain things will be kept.
Simply print out a copy of the inventory, pop it inside the unit in a waterproof folder, and you’ll know exactly what you have and where it is.
3. Go a size up
Nobody wants to pay for more space than they actually need. But when it comes to selecting a storage container, we always recommend going a size up.
Ideally, you should have enough space to store your goods and possessions comfortably, whilst still having room to manoeuvre and move around the unit. If possible, try to leave a clear path from the front to the back. This will ensure no items are completely out of reach and goes a long way towards minimising damage – and making your life a little bit easier!
Here at Gap, all of our storage units are hired on a month-by-month basis. You’re not tied into a long-term deal with a particular size. So if you think you could benefit from a little extra space or your needs change, it’s easy to increase or decrease the size accordingly.
4. Organise your items
Haphazardly throwing items into your unit may be the quickest and easiest option right now. But taking the time to organise your storage – separating it into categories and boxing it correctly – can make a huge difference. Not only will it help to keep items safe and secure, they’ll also be much easier to find when you return to the unit in a month or two.
Start by grouping similar items together. Try to use uniform cardboard boxes wherever possible and, for stability, always put heavier items at the bottom and lighter things on top. It’s also a good idea to label boxes as you pack, perhaps in terms of their contents or the room in which they belong.
5. Be strategic when loading
When it comes to loading your storage unit, a little forethought can save a lot of future headaches.
Keep your frequently used items close to the door and those you can live without towards the back. This will allow quick access to the things you need, without having to shuffle through a sea of boxes or playing Tetris every time.
It also helps to think vertically. Take full advantage of the unit’s height – storing large items on their side wherever possible – and stack heavy boxes close to the ground and against the walls. Be sure to make use of all the available space and think about installing racks and shelves for awkward items.
Contact our self-storage experts today
If you’re interested in hiring a storage unit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts.
Go Store Go is our sister company and a leading DIY self-storage facility in Liverpool. Whether you’d like further self-storage tips, need advice on the best unit size for your needs, or would simply like to find out more about our container storage site, we’re always happy to help.