Tips for first-time storage users

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Whether you’re remodelling your home or looking for a space to store stock, storage units are an incredibly handy solution to clutter. Rather than throwing items away to be wasted in landfill, you can instead store them all in a safe, clean environment until you next need them. While storage units are simple to use, there are a few things you should implement before jumping the gun and piling it high with your items. If you’re new to the world of storage, make sure you follow our top tips to make the most out of your space.

Label clearly

Storage units are incredibly convenient, especially when organised efficiently. Rummaging through piles of chaotically stacked belongings is far from practical, which is why you should be organised from the get-go. Ensure you pack and label all boxes carefully enough that you know exactly what’s in them, allowing you to grab and go when you need to. Whether you organise them by room or type of product is up to you, but consider the order in which you may need them when packing boxes.

Opt for shelving

As well as stacking and labelling boxes in an organised manner, consider if you need shelving for further organisation. They are particularly handy if you’re storing stock, paperwork or individual items, maximising the space and giving off a neat appearance. Ready Steady Store can provide you with racking and shelving for units over 30 sq.m, allowing you to really make the most out of the already spacious area.

Have a system

Ensure you keep your essential or most frequently used items right at the front of the unit for quick, easy access. Stack tall, bulky items at the back of the room against the wall, especially if they don’t need to be taken out often to ensure you have enough floor space. Speaking of such, if you don’t have shelving or racking, stack boxes along the side of the unit to create even more of a walkway. Regardless of the size of your unit, stacking your boxes and bigger items along the walls will make it look more spacious as well as making it easier to access everything in it.

Dismantle larger items

Create even more room by breaking down bigger pieces of furniture. Storing a table? Take off the legs and prop everything up against a wall. The same goes for bed frames, flatpack furniture and anything else you can dismantle. It may sound like an unnecessary effort, but this can save a surprising amount of space and help create a larger walk-through area.

Be clear on what you can store

While you can store most things, you should always double-check what is and isn’t allowed. We have a precise list on our FAQ page of all the things you can’t store in an RSS unit, although these aren’t your typical belongings anyway. Most furniture, stock and personal items can be stored, just remember not to include perishable items such as food in your unit as well as the other subjects mentioned on the list.

Keep security in mind

As well as staying organised, it’s crucial that you ensure the unit is as secure as possible. Our units are highly secure, with 24-hour CCTV monitoring, high perimeter fencing, you have a unique PIN code to access the building and only you have the key to your padlock.

With 24-hour access and extensive security, Ready Steady Store is a great option if you’re looking for a safe place to store your belongings. Declutter your office or home with one of our spacious storage units today.