A Katy mini storage unit may be just what you need to restore order to your surroundings. Perhaps you have to park your car in the driveway because your garage is too full of your personal treasures, or maybe your closets are bulging at the seams. You might be downsizing to a smaller house that cannot accommodate all of your furniture, or the inventory for your home-based business might be taking over your living space. Whatever your reason for needing to rent a Katy self-storage unit, the key to long-term satisfaction is utilizing the mini storage space effectively.
Choose a Unit
Storage units are available in a range of sizes and types. Choose the unit that best suits your needs. For example, if you are storing items that could be damaged by heat and humidity, such as old photographs or vintage dolls, you might want to consider a Katy climate controlled storage unit. If you have large, heavy items to store, you may want to choose a facility without interior hallways to navigate.
Prepare Your Unit
Placing pallets on the floor of your storage unit can help keep your belongings safe. Although it happens rarely, it is possible for water to seep under the door of a storage unit during a heavy rain.
If you are going to be storing a lot of cardboard boxes, consider using sheets of plywood to make the stacked boxes more stable. You normally do not need to put plywood between each layer of boxes, but how may tiers you can get from each sheet depends on the size, sturdiness and uniformity of the boxes.
Choose a sturdy lock for your unit. Select a lock with a short shackle; these styles do not give a thief room to use a bolt cutter to remove the lock.
Pack Your Items
You will want to make sure that your belongings are protected while they are in the storage unit. Pack fragile items carefully, using bubble wrap, foam pellets, newspapers or other packing materials. If you are going to be storing towels, blankets or similar items, consider using them to wrap pictures, lamps or other breakable items.
At minimum, use sturdy cardboard boxes that can be sealed securely. Plastic storage totes are excellent for long-term storage; they are sturdy, stackable and can be color-coded. The clear variety of totes allows you to see what is inside without moving or opening them.
Label each box or container on at least two sides. You can use a permanent marker to write directly on the box, or you can use masking tape to make inexpensive labels for your containers. Try to be as specific as you can on your labels. “Grandmother’s crystal” gives you much more guidance than multiple boxes marked “glasses.”
Consider using industrial plastic wrap around boxes, containers and furniture. This can help keep dust, spiders and other pests at bay.
Arrange Your Unit
When you organize your storage unit, place your largest and heaviest items at the back of your unit to avoid having to move them every time you need to find a particular box. Keep the items you will likely need to access frequently toward the front of the unit.
Although it might not be possible if you rent one of the very small units, try to leave at least a center aisle inside your unit. Finding and removing items will be easier if you can walk the entire length of your unit without having to pull out containers to locate the one you need.
Stack boxes and containers as neatly as possible, placing the heaviest ones on the bottom tier. Try to place containers and boxes of the same size and shape in the same stacks. Be sure that you arrange them so that you can read your labels.