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Effortless Packing: Essential Tips for a Well-Organised Self Storage Unit

Posted on June 21, 2023 by Peter Donaldson
Effortless Packing: Essential Tips for a Well-Organised Self Storage Unit

Moving Home Tips Part One

If you’re using storage soon, you might wonder how to pack and organise a storage unit. How do you fit all your belongings efficiently and still maintain easy access? Look no further. In this straightforward guide, we’ll unravel the secrets and provide essential tips and strategies to make packing and arranging your storage unit a breeze.

Whether you’re downsizing, amid a move, or simply seeking extra space for your possessions, packing a self storage unit can be daunting. But fear not! With our expert advice and practical insights, with this two-part Instore Storage blog. You’ll gain the confidence and know-how to conquer this challenge and achieve a manageable storage space that works for you.


  • Efficient Packing: Strategic Planning and Categorisation for Your Storage Unit
  • Decluttering and Donation: Streamlining Self Storage for Optimal Space
  • Essential Packing Supplies: Choosing the Right Tools for Your Storage Unit
  • Smart Labeling: Organising Your Self Storage Unit with Clear and Informative Labels
  • Furniture and Appliance Disassembly: Maximising Space in Self Storage
  • Instore Storage – Helping You Prepare for Storage in Dorset

Efficient Packing: Strategic Planning and Categorisation for Your Storage Unit

When packing your self storage unit, a little strategic planning and effective categorisation can go a long way. It might seem unnecessary now, but you’ll thank yourself later by planning now. Firstly, you’ll maximise the space inside the storage unit. So, don’t chuck everything in haphazardly. Take your time and think your decision through.

One essential aspect of efficient packing is grouping similar items. This simple yet effective strategy brings multiple advantages. You create a sense of order within your storage unit by categorising your belongings. Imagine the convenience of having all your kitchenware neatly grouped in one area or your seasonal clothing easily accessible in another. When you need to retrieve specific items later, you’ll save valuable time and effort by knowing where to find things.

Additionally, categorisation helps in preventing damage to your possessions. By keeping similar items together, you can avoid potentially harmful situations, such as heavy items crushing fragile ones or liquids spilling onto delicate belongings. This method also simplifies the unpacking process in the future. When you retrieve your items, you’ll have a clear idea of which boxes contain specific categories of belongings, making the unpacking process more efficient.

Remember, efficient packing starts with strategic planning and categorisation. Take the time to assess your belongings, create a plan, and group similar items together. Your storage room will become an orderly space, allowing you to access your belongings and ensure their safety throughout storage easily.

Decluttering and Donation: Streamlining Self Storage for Optimal Space

Before you embark on the packing exercise for your self storage unit, take a moment to embrace the power of decluttering. Clearing out unnecessary items creates physical space and provides several advantages to streamline the storing process.

First and foremost, decluttering allows you to optimise the available space in your self storage unit. Eliminating items you no longer need or use creates room for the belongings that genuinely matter. This ensures that you use every square inch of your storage unit, preventing it from becoming overcrowded and allowing for better organisation.

When it comes to decluttering, please don’t underestimate the liberating feeling it brings. Letting go of items that no longer serve a purpose can be a refreshing experience. It lightens your physical and mental load, creating clarity and simplicity. By streamlining your belongings, you create an environment of minimalism and focus on what truly matters.

Now that you’ve identified the items to part ways with, consider donating or selling them. Instead of hoarding unwanted possessions, pass them on to someone who may find value in them. Donating helps others and provides a sense of fulfilment and generosity.

Alternatively, selling unwanted items can be a great way to earn extra cash and declutter simultaneously. There are numerous avenues for donation and selling, such as local charities, thrift stores, online marketplaces, or community swap groups.

You can give yourself a head start by embracing the decluttering process and parting ways with unnecessary items. You’ll have more space, a clearer mindset, and the satisfaction of knowing your belongings are in a sensible order. So, take a deep breath, let go of the excess, and embark on a clutter-free storage experience.

Essential Packing Supplies: Choosing the Right Tools for Your Storage Unit

When packing your self storage unit, having the right supplies is key to ensuring the safety and order of your belongings. The importance of using sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other essential packing materials must be balanced.

Sturdy boxes are the backbone of successful packing. Opt for high-quality boxes that can withstand the weight and protect your items. Reinforced boxes are handy for heavy or fragile items. They offer added strength and durability, minimising the risk of damage during transport and storage.

Bubble wrap is a lifesaver for safeguarding delicate and breakable items. Its cushioning properties provide an extra layer of protection, preventing chips, cracks, and scratches. Wrap fragile items individually, ensuring they are well-padded, and pay special attention to corners and edges.

Packing tape is another essential supply that keeps your boxes securely sealed. Make sure to use high-quality tape that can withstand the rigours of moving and storage. Reinforce the seams of your boxes with multiple layers of tape to provide extra strength and prevent accidental openings.

In addition to these basics, consider using furniture covers, mattress bags, and packing peanuts for added protection. Furniture covers shield your furniture from dust, dirt, and potential scratches during the loading and unpacking. Mattress bags keep your mattresses clean and protected from moisture, allergens, and pests. Packing peanuts help fill empty spaces in boxes, ensuring minimal movement and reducing the risk of damage.

Where can you find these essential packing supplies? Local moving supply stores, home improvement stores, or online retailers offer various options. Additionally, consider asking friends or family who have recently moved if they have any leftover supplies they can share or sell at a reduced cost.

Smart Labeling: Organising Your Self Storage Unit with Clear and Informative Labels

Clear and informative labelling is the key to maintaining organisation and easy access to your belongings in your self storage unit. It may seem simple, but avoiding downplaying the significance is wise.

Clear labelling lets you quickly identify each box’s contents without opening or searching through multiple containers. Taking a few extra moments to label your boxes accurately can save valuable time and effort in the long run.

To ensure adequate labelling, describe the items inside each box briefly. Be specific and include relevant details that will help you identify the contents. For example, instead of simply labelling a box “Kitchen,” consider specifying the items it contains, such as “Cookware and Utensils.”

Another useful tip is to assign each box a unique number or label. This allows you to create an inventory list or spreadsheet, making it easier to keep track of your stored items. Additionally, consider using colour-coded labels or markers to enhance organisation further. Assign different colours to different categories or rooms, such as blue for kitchen items or red for bedroom belongings.

When it comes to placement, affix your labels on multiple sides of each box, ensuring they are visible from different angles. This way, even if boxes are stacked or rearranged, you can quickly identify them.

To take labelling to the next level, consider creating a master list or index. This list can include the contents of each box, its assigned number or label, and any additional notes or instructions. With this reference, you can quickly locate specific items or determine which box to unpack first when you need something specific.

Furniture and Appliance Disassembly: Maximising Space in Self Storage

Disassembling furniture and appliances allows you to utilise space more effectively. By breaking down larger items into smaller components, you can stack and arrange them to optimise every inch of your self storage unit. This creates more room for other belongings and ensures no wasted space.

Only some people remember to keep the manual, but if you have it, reverse the steps to reduce damage occurring. You can check the manufacturer’s website and download one if you don’t have a copy. If instructions are unavailable, consider taking photos or videos before starting to assist you during reassembly later.

As you disassemble, keep track of screws, bolts, and other small parts. Please place them in labelled bags or containers and securely tape them to the corresponding furniture or appliance. This way, when the time comes to reassemble, you’ll have all the necessary components readily available.

Consider protecting delicate parts with bubble wrap, blankets, or furniture pads when storing disassembled furniture. This prevents scratches, dents, or other damage during transport and storage. Clean and dry appliances thoroughly before packing to avoid mould or mildew growth.

Remember to keep all disassembled items together in your self storage unit. Create a designated area or section specifically for furniture parts or appliance components. This way, when you need to retrieve and reassemble them in the future, everything is conveniently located in one place.

Instore Storage – Helping You Prepare for Storage in Dorset

At Instore Storage, we do whatever we can to help people get the most out of using storage. We hope the information in this blog was helpful, and we’re always here if you have questions. To summarise the key points again:

  • Plan and categorise: Strategically plan your belongings for optimal space utilisation.
  • Declutter and donate: Streamline your storage unit by removing unnecessary items.
  • Use appropriate packing supplies: Choose sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape for item protection.
  • Smart labelling: Label boxes for easy identification and access.
  • Furniture and appliance disassembly: Maximise space by disassembling bigger items.

Apply these tips for a well-organised storage unit. Stay tuned for the second part of this blog series next month, where we will provide more valuable insights.

The Instore Storage team is here to assist you with our professional packing service and convenient removal package. Click here to begin your storage assessment or discuss your requirements. Experience the benefits of a clutter-free storage unit with Instore Storage.