How To Get The Most From A Storage Unit

Lots of folks who acquire storage units fail to get the most out of them. Some people are happy to buy more units if they need more space, and others are fine with letting space go unused. However, it's wise to try to maximize the space available. You can do more with storage space by using this checklist.

Measure the Items

The first order of business is figuring out what your requirements are for the maximum dimensions of the unit. Simply identify the longest, widest, and tallest items in the group. If they're very long, you may need to use a string-style tape measure to get a number. Write everything down so you don't have to approximate when you're checking out storage facilities.


It's tempting to stuff items into storage units and think about them later. You may be able to economize your space by going through the items and selling things you need to replace or won't use in the future. Selling and donating are both excellent options. It's better to make some money or get a tax credit than to store an item that you won't get value or use from.

Make a Map

By mapping out the storage space, you can improve how items fit together. You can fit all of the square and solid items tightly together, and then you can work around those with some of the softer and more oddly shaped things.

It's also a good idea to get a pencil and some graph paper. Use each square to represent one foot of space. You can base the projected usage on your previous measurements of the items and the unit, too.

Don't pack your possessions too tightly, though. Most stored objects will need some ventilation to discourage condensation.


When you map the unit, consider which items you'll likely want to retrieve in the near future. If you know there's something you won't come back for until you take everything out, put that item in the back. Place the priority items where you can access them.

Keep a Lane

Another temptation is to pack a unit as thoroughly as possible. This is a mistake for several reasons. You will need to get in and out of the space to retrieve items. You don't want to have to crawl over stuff or pull things out just to get to your other stored items.

For more information, contact a storage facility near you.