Preparing Your Household Items Prior to Self Storage

Preparing your items for storage by creating a list and a map of item locations can be done before you actually drive your things to the storage facility. You never know when you might need something you’ve stored away.

Taking your household items to a self storage facility may be necessary for a variety of good reasons. Like anything else you do, though, it actually does take some planning and preparation to make the best of your rental time there. Self storage units are very affordable and present an excellent option to a temporary storage need.

You’ll need to know what you have stored in the unit and where in the unit it is located. This will be particularly important to homeowners that have stored things temporarily while selling the house or until the garage is built. Knowing exactly what is in there will prevent you from having to buy items that you may already own but don’t remember that the item is in storage.

Self storage units are very affordable and present an excellent option to a temporary storage need. You’ll need to know what you have stored in the unit and where in the unit it is located. 

Preparing your items for self storageCreating a list of the items you will store before you store them is critical. Gather the things you want to store. As you place each in a box, bag, or other storage container, add it to the list. Number the containers or give them unique names. Then list the individual items and associate them with that box in which they will be stored. When the boxes go to the self storage facility, you can create a list or even a crude map of where each box is located within the storage unit.

For example, let’s say you must store your little used canning supplies as they take up too much room in the kitchen and you’re trying to sell the house with the illusion that storage in the kitchen is ample. And now the house hasn’t sold by when you had hoped for, so now you will need to find your canning pots, canning jars, rings, tops, and labels.

Replacing those things by running to the store to get them might be expensive and not in your budget at this time. You’ll need to find and take your canning supplies out of storage temporarily, but you must find them first.

Go to your list and map, formulated when you took your items over to the storage facility. Look for which box or container holds what you need, find the box location on your storage unit map, and head over there to dig it out.

  • Creating a list of the items you will store before you store them is critical.
  • As you place each in a box, bag, or other storage container, add it to the list.
  • When the boxes go to the storage facility, you can create a list or even a crude map of where each box is located within the storage unit.

That example could apply to any number of items that you might find a need for once your things are safely tucked away in storage. Preparing ahead of time as you box up and store your items will save you much time and money should you need to find something you had stored.