My husband and I are complete opposites. While I’m extremely organized, my spouse isn’t. He regularly scatters important documents such as credit card statements, car insurance bills, and pay stubs around our home. Because I worry about losing important papers, I’m constantly developing smart storage solutions for our documents. I keep some of our papers in a safe. I keep other items in a handy storage folder complete with tabs. I’ve labeled some of the tabs with the types of mail my husband and I receive regularly such as bills, retirement information, healthcare documentation, and sales papers. Another great option for storing mountains of paperwork is a rented storage unit. By housing important documentation in this type of storage facility, you can keep it out of your home. On this blog, I hope you will discover some ingenious ways to store your pertinent documents.
Self storage may come with many benefits, but it also comes with downsides. Many of these downsides are due to mistakes people make. Here are the most common ones and ways you can avoid them.
Newspaper is commonly used to wrap up belongings and protect them from damage. It's so popular that you likely wouldn't think twice about doing it. However, the ink from the paper will run onto the objects, and you run the risk of damaging them. If you can spare them, use clothing and towels to keep the costs down. If you can't spare them, opt for bubble wrap and paper that is completely ink-free.
Rushing the Storage
You have packed the boxes, but left it to the last minute to find somewhere to store items. Now, you're in a rush to get everything in before the company closes or before you have to get back to the house to close up for a sale. This puts you at the risk of packing it with heavy boxes on the top or items placed at risky angles. While in storage, you run the risk of damaging belongings.
Give yourself time to think about how to store items in self-storage containers. Keep the heavier boxes at the bottom and give yourself time to follow through with your plan. You'll also have time to label items, so you can find them easily afterwards.
Not Thinking About Temperatures
Some storage units will come with climate controls. Others will be at the risk of the elements. You may have items that need to be stored at certain temperatures, and you run the risk of damaging them and having them contaminating other items. Spend time thinking about the items that you want to store and any requirements they may need.
Getting a Small Storage Unit
You want to save money, so have decided to keep the size of your storage unit down. The problem is you run the risk of not having enough room. There are then two choices: either move into a bigger unit (costing you more money) or not storing all of your items. It's best to think carefully about all the items you want to store, measure up the larger objects, and pick the unit size carefully.
By avoiding these mistakes, you will be able to find items you need quickly and store without risk of damage. Time is your best friend to avoid the above common mistakes. Contact a facility, like Affordable Lock Box, for more help.