At one point or another, you may find yourself looking for extra storage space outside the home. Keeping things in self-storage can either be a walk in the park for you or a disaster every time you attempt it; it all depends on how you go about it. Here are some tips you can use to ensure your self-storage endeavors don't end in disappointment.
Use the Vertical Space
If you don't know how to maximize space use, you can easily end up renting more space than you need, which is just a waste of money. One thing many people fail to do is to use the vertical space. Merely placing things on the floor will not make good use of the vertical space; you need to stack items that can be safely stacked, hang things from the ceiling, and also hang things on the wall.
Leave Walkways or Access Ways
In as much as you want to use the available space to the maximum, you should not forget that you will need some space to retrieve your items when you come for them. This is particularly true if you won't be retrieving the contents of the storage unit all at once. You don't want to fill the unit from the back to the front so that you have to remove half of its contents to retrieve a single box at the back. Leaving aisles or walkways between rows of stored items will help you avoid that situation.
Use a Weather-Resistant Lock
You will need a lock for your storage unit; make sure it is weather resistant because it will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Snow, moisture, ice, and constant sunlight exposure can all affect ordinary locks and make them difficult to open. Weather exposure may also weaken some padlocks and increase the risk of unauthorized entry.
If you will be retrieving your stored items at different times, then you need to label each and every box. You may think you know what is stored in each box, but that is only for now. Come back a few months later and your memory is likely to fail you. Therefore, label the boxes so that you don't have to open all of them to find a single item.
The above tips should help you navigate the self-storage world even if you are a first-timer. A self-storage facility manager can also help you with further tips on how to use their self-storage facilities.