Even though there’s a charming “devil may care” style to tossing your possessions haphazardly into your self-storage unit, things can get out of hand. And not just in the sense of “What’s that under this pile of clothes? Oh! The missing motorcycle!”
No—there are other dangers. Towering overhead. Lurking in corners. And the larger the pile, the bigger the danger….
Imagine you want to remove a collection of books because it’s finally time to give them to the grandkids. Alas! Peter Cottontail and his companions are wedged between the back wall and a shifty rack holding Pa’s collection of baseball bats. You shuffle in, climbing over several lawn chairs to reach the rack. The books are packaged, so you grab a corner…you pull…sweat gathers at the back of your neck…the rack starts to shift…
This can only end in concussion.
To avoid head injuries (or slipping on your late mother’s pie tin and being trapped behind a couch head-first with no way out), here are some common-sense rules for organizing your storage unit:
- Store heavy items on bottom. For Heaven’s sake, don’t put the bowling equipment up top. Large furniture should always be sitting on the floor and tucked close to the wall. Heavy boxes on bottom, lighter boxes on top.
- Use uniform boxes (and keep them around the same weight). You should be creative in storage the same way you are while playing Tetris: arrange boxes in nooks and crannies, but make sure they’re roughly the same size and weight. This avoids the unpleasant shock of hefting a medium-sized box that turns out to be filled with dictionaries. On that subject,
- Secure and label boxes clearly. When you know what you’ve got in each box, you decrease both your frustration levels and your chances of suffering a back injury. Taping the top and corners of each box will keep it from “spilling” when you try to move it.
- Leave paths for yourself. Hansel and Gretel had breadcrumbs to find their way back home. You just need to leave an aisle or two between your stuff so you can access things stored in the back. Plus, if the lights go out, a path keeps you from getting lost in a forest of boxes.
Remember these four rules, and you should be just fine. Your storage will be the envy of your storage-neighbors and everybody passing by. There will be no more pile collapses tricking people into thinking there’s an earthquake in your unit.
Treat your self-storage right, and you’ll be safer, happier, and not suffering from a concussion. The experts at STORBOX can help you with that. Our staff of storage counselors knows all the best techniques and latest tricks for storing your possessions. We even provide moving equipment like dollies to keep you from throwing out your back. Call (626) 407-3439 to set up your own storage unit today!