It only makes sense to maximize your space when you rent a storage unit. But what are the best ways to make the most of a small storage unit? Read on for six tips for maximizing your space, so that your items fit safely, and you can access them when you need them.

1. Pre-Pack Your Items

You will make the most of a small space if you pack your belongings before storing them. After all, you don’t need your storage unit to look like a junk closet with everything haphazardly shoved in the unit. To make it even easier to keep your belongings organized and easy to find, consider investing in clear plastic containers so that you can see the items in them easily. Be sure when looking for plastic containers that they are stackable. You may also want to avoid those with rounded edges, which take up additional space. 

2. Make Use of the Space in Items You’re Storing

If you’re storing belongings that naturally hold other items, be sure to take advantage of this space. Chests of drawers, empty suitcases, trunks, and other furnishings should be filled with smaller items to make the best use of a small storage space. Bookshelves or entertainment units can also hold items on the shelves while in storage. 

3. Vacuum Seal Clothing, Blankets, and Other Fabric Items

Vacuum sealing can exponentially reduce the amount of space your clothing, bedding, blankets, towels, and other fabric items take up. 

4. Use the Cubic Space in a Small Storage Unit 

Stack your belongings, with heavier larger items on the bottom, and light, smaller boxed higher. This will help you to maximize the actual space the unit offers. For example, although an 8’ x 20’ cargo container storage unit may only total 160 square feet, it offers more than 1,000 cubic feet of storage space. Stacking is the best way to maximize your space.

5. Disassemble Large Items Before Storing

A headboard and bed frame will take up a lot of space if you store them without disassembling them. But when you remove the headboard and fold up the frame, it takes up very little space, and can easily lean against a wall of the unit. The same often goes for tables, desks, and other large items. 

6. Stand Items Upright

Mattresses should always be covered in plastic and stored upright to save space in unit. Likewise, wrap mirrors and artwork and stand them up rather than laying them flat to save space.  true of large mirrors and artwork. 

You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Space to Afford Personal Storage

Chambers Connector Storage offers the most affordable personal storage in Lane County. But our storage units are big! Choose from either an 8’x 20’ or 8’x 40’ cargo shipping container to store your belongings. Each waterproof storage unit we provide is made entirely of steel, offering protection from rain and snow. Our secure storage campus boasts a secure fencing perimeter, gated entry, and CCTV monitoring 24/7. To learn more call 541-302-8060, or send us a message.