Mastering the Art of Efficiently Packing Items into Your Storage Unit


April R.
July 6th, 2023

I once lost an entire box of my children's favorite plush toys just because I labeled the box incorrectly during a move, and had it sent to the donation center by mistake. And, if you think kids forgive and forget, don’t. Mine are now tax-paying adults but they never miss the opportunity to remind me of how I devastated their childhoods by losing their favorite toys fifteen years ago!

Don’t let poor planning and unorganized packing ruin your Christmases for the next fifteen years. With a little preparation, you can efficiently and safely store your items while maximizing the available space and creating easy access to the things you need in your West Valley storage unit.

Plan and Prepare:
First, let’s talk about the correct way to plan your packing strategy, ensuring optimal space utilization and minimizing loss. Before you begin packing your items into a Self Storage in West Valley, take some time to plan and prepare. This initial step will save you time and effort in the long run. Consider the following:

a. Create an inventory: Make a detailed inventory of all the items you plan to store. This will help you determine the appropriate storage unit size for your needs and ensure that you don't leave anything unaccounted for.

b. Categorize your belongings: Sort your items into categories such as clothing, books, electronics, special toys (ahem), and furniture. This will make it easier to organize them within the storage unit.

c. Gather packing supplies: Collect an ample supply of sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, markers, and other necessary packing materials. Home Depot has a section in its stores where you can find all of these essentials. I do not recommend repurposing boxes because cardboard boxes lose their firmness after just a few uses, so newer is better for long-term storage.

Optimize Space:
Remember Tetris, the puzzle game we were all obsessed with in the early 2000s? It’s time to dust off your old Tetris skills and put them to good use to maximize space in your West Valley storage unit. Follow these tips to make the most of the space you have:

a. Disassemble furniture: Whenever possible, disassemble large furniture items to save space. Remove legs from tables, detach bed frames, and disassemble shelves. Remember to keep all screws and small parts in labeled bags for easy reassembly.

b. Utilize vertical space: Stack boxes vertically, placing heavier ones at the bottom and lighter ones on top. Use shelving units or pallets to elevate items off the floor, creating additional storage space and allowing airflow to pass around and under objects.

c. Fill gaps: Fill any gaps between boxes or furniture with smaller items or cushions to prevent them from shifting during transport or while in storage.

d. Utilize storage unit features: If your West Valley storage unit has hooks, rails, or overhead storage space, use them. Hang bicycles, sports equipment, or clothing bags on hooks, and store lighter items or seasonal belongings on overhead shelves.

Organize and Label:
Proper organization and labeling make for easy access to items in your storage unit and help you avoid wasting time searching for items you need. Follow these guidelines:

a. Label boxes: You need to know what’s in your boxes! Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will help you locate specific items without opening multiple boxes. For example, “Plush toys to keep, kids' room.” Avoid abbreviations or silly labels with the idea that you will remember what you meant. You won’t.

b. Create an aisle: Leave a clear pathway down the center of the storage unit, allowing for easy access to all your belongings. Keep items you access most often near the entrance or towards the front for convenience.

c. Group by category: Group similar items together. For example, keep kitchenware together, books on the same shelf, and seasonal clothing in labeled boxes. This approach will save time when searching for specific items.

d. Use clear plastic bins: Being able to see the contents of a box without opening it is a game changer, especially for items you need to access frequently. Most retail stores like Walmart or Target have a sizeable selection of clear plastic bins in a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from.

Protect Your Belongings:
Whether you’re storing items for just a few weeks or for a few years, Proper packing ensures that your items remain in good condition throughout their time in storage. Consider taking these protective measures:

a. Wrap fragile items: Wrap delicate items individually in bubble wrap or packing paper. Place them in sturdy boxes and label them as fragile.

b. Protect furniture: Cover furniture with blankets or furniture covers to prevent dust, scratches, or damage during storage. Disassemble items whenever possible to reduce the risk of breakage.

c. Climate control: If you're storing temperature-sensitive items such as electronics or artwork, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. This will protect your belongings from extreme temperatures, humidity, and other environmental factors.