Self Storage could be something you use as a one off, say whilst moving home, changing work buildings, having work done on your home or sorting through a relative’s property.

But often, people use self storage as a long term solution to create space in their home or to store for their business. Here’s 5 tips to have successful long term storage.

Organise

It seems obvious, but the main key is to be organised. Ensure you store things so you know exactly where they are. Label boxes clearly and keep like with like. Create a content list and a map so you know where everything is and can access it easily.

Protect

Those boxes might be stacked on top of each other for a while so you need to ensure they won’t get damaged or rot. Cardboard boxes are strong but can rot or collapse in so make sure you don’t put anything delicate in these. Place cushions or crumpled up paper in the tops of boxes to try and stop them caving in. Clothing needs it’s own storage space. Maybe look at investing in a cardboard wardrobe so it’s separate from other containers. And for items at the bottom of your unit, make sure they are solid so they create a good base to load the other containers on. Make sure you avoid plastic bags as these can trap moisture in and leave no room for the items to air.

Clean

Clean everything before you store it and make sure you dry clothes thoroughly. You might not see that kitchen mixer for a while so make sure it’s sparkling clean otherwise it might be growing a new penicillin next time you see it! Scrub appliances with specialised cleaning solution, often a small amount of bleach or baking soda. This can help reduce mildew or mould. Beehive Storage has purpose built inside units which helps reduce damage that outside storage can cause.

Furniture

Create a dust barrier between your furniture and other items by covering them with a clean sheet. Choose a cotton material as this will be gentle on the furniture. Also ensure the sheet is white as coloured sheets could bleed onto furniture over time.

Space

When organising the storage unit, and before everything else ensure you have the right storage size for your needs (speak to Beehive first), organise how it will look and create aisles to the back so you don’t have to clamber or remove lots to gain access. Place large items and items you definitely won’t need towards the back and gradually move towards the front more delicate items or ones that you imagine you might need sooner, like seasonal decorations or garden furniture.

So there you have it!
If you would like to find out what size you need or have any questions, contact the Beehive Self Storage team here.

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