Keeping my sporting gear safe

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Keeping my sporting gear safe

When my wife moved in she told me I needed to throw out the stuff in my spare room! I told her there was no way I was throwing out my mountain bike, snowboards, golf clubs... and she told me I needed to get a storage unit. Now I've got my sporting gear stored out of her sight, and I convinced her to put her flowery couch in the unit as well. Now I've got someone to stash all of my impulse buys - I've just got store it all so she never realises how much stuff we have stashed in there!

Tips for Self Storage Success

Whether you are storing your belongings long term or as a transition during a move, it's important to find the unit size that is right for what you are looking to store. Make sure that you are not overpaying every month for your storage unit, and you'll be able to spend that money elsewhere, or save for that storage shed you so desperately need!

  • If all you have is a few small furniture items, or some boxes that you need archived, see about renting a 1.5x1.5 unit. You'll need to stack things on top of each other to utilise your vertical space, but you'll save quite a bit of money with a little bit of creativity. Try creating layers of cardboard between your furniture items to protect them from scratches.
  • If you've got a whole one bedroom to box away, you'll want to rent a 2x3m unit. Creatively packed, all of your items should fit snugly in this size unit. Use cardboard protective layers and drop cloths to ensure that your belongings are safe and undamaged.
  • A 3x3 unit will give you just enough extra space to squeeze in the contents of a second bedroom, so if you're not a pack rat your two bedroom apartment should fit easily into this size rental.
  • For a 3 bedroom home, snag a 4.5x3 unit. You should even be able to squeeze in your large appliances like your washing machine and refrigerator.
  • If it's a car or small boat you are looking to store, you'll want to rent a 6x3 unit.

There are, of course, even larger units that you can rent if needed. Consult your storage rental company for the best advice on getting the most out of your space.

Once you've chosen your unit, you'll want to ensure that you pack the space effectively. After all, you don't want to go digging through your whole unit at every visit. Be sure to pack items that you'll need to access most frequently last, so that they are near to the door and close at hand.

Disassemble large items such as tables and beds. This will make them easier to move, and they will take up less space in your unit.

Use a tarp or blanket below any soft items to protect mattresses from damage from the concrete floor. Consider wrapping mattresses and fabric covered furniture in plastic to protect it from dust and insects.

Fragile and lightweight items should be placed at the very top of every unit. Make sure that all of your valuables are stable! To learn more, contact a company like Bunbury Self Storage with any questions you have.