How to maximize your storage space with the right tools

Extra storage space is pointless if it's disorganized. With some prep work andthe right tools, it's a breeze tomaximize every corner of your storage space.
Althoughhardware stores or big box stores can provide you with the necessary basics to help efficiently fill your storage space, you may to need to shop around. Storage companies and warehouses sell special storage equipment and offer discounts, promotions, and packages.

You'll find, among other things:

  • Different-size boxes to properly store all of your belongings including glassware, lamps, dishes, sporting goods and clothing (wardrobe boxes).
  • Boxes varying in size between one and six cubic feet.
  • Archive boxes in both letter and legal format, with handles for easy carrying of your important documents.
  • Protective covers for mattresses, clothing, furniture and appliances, as well as storage blankets. For clothing, vacuum-sealed storage bags are a real space-saver.
  • All the necessary packing materials, including bubble wrap, packing shells, wrapping paper, tissue paper and corrugated cardboard.

The necessary extras

You can buy these little "extras" almost anywhere, but know that warehouse storage companies also sell:

  • Moving labels for boxes (fragile, heavy)
  • Cellulose tape and dispensers
  • Markers
  • Knives
  • Rollers
  • Plastic covers for furniture

They're all essential tools to have when it comes to efficiently sealing, marking, labelling, moving and storing your belongings.

Package deals

Package deals through a storage facility are customized according to the number of rooms you need to store. They include a set of boxes of different sizes, as well as extras for safe handling.

  • The advantage of a package deal is you geteverything you need under one roof to save you time and energy.

Equipment and tools for filling the unit

  • Do not forget about bungee cords and lifting straps for heavier furniture.
  • You should also use dollies or hand trucks to avoid strain and to transport more than one box at a time.

This equipment can be rented on site, but is subject to availability—so reserve them early.

Checklist

  • For an entire house, plan for between $200 and $300 worth of packing materials (60-115 boxes).
  • For a 4½-room apartment, foresee $150 to $200 worth of packing materials (45 to 60 boxes).
  • Materials to pack a single room, (or the minimum package) includes 10 to 15 boxes. You can expect to pay about $40 to $60 for these supplies.
  • Ask for advice when packing certain items, like frames and mirrors, especially if you plan to store them in a warehouse.
  • You may be also be required to purchase a padlock from the company to secure the unit.
  • Insurance coverage for your property will be required, so be ready to provide proof.
  • Keep a detailed list of all the items you have in storage for insurance purposes.
How to maximize your storage space with the right tools
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