Get the most bang for your buck

Jun 14, 2013

When it comes to self storage getting the most space for the smallest price is all in the packing.

One well-packed storage container can fit the same amount of items as two badly-packed storage containers, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.

Think it’s impossible? Follow these tips to get the most out of your Containaway mobile self storage container.

1. Don’t store what you don’t need

It may sound obvious but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of things you have and simply place them in your storage container because they are too hard to deal with. If you haven’t used it in the last 12 months and it won’t be used in the next 12 months, and isn’t sentimental, you should ditch it.

2. Use vacuum sealed bags

Packing your clothes, linens, pillows, and soft toys into vacuum sealed bags can save a heap of space in your storage module! Even filing and old newspapers will squish a little. The finished bags won’t stack perfectly, so pack these into container last.

3. Pack your drawers

If you have cupboards or sets of drawers in your unit, fill them with light and unbreakable items.

4. Pack your fridge and freezer

Once your fridge and freezer have been completely emptied and dried out, they also make a fabulous hideaway for light, non-fragile items.

5. Choose stackable containers or boxes

If space is at a premium, make sure the containers you are packing into are stackable. Plastic tubs are great for this purpose or Containaway can provide you with quality packing boxes that are uniform in size.

6. Reach for the sky

Always try to use the space at the top of your self storage unit. For example, a sofa stood on its end will be a more effective use of space than a sofa sitting on all four legs, with things stacked on top of it.

7. Pack in layers

Professional removalists all do it this way! Put a large item at the back of your module. Pack smaller items around it until you have made a single ‘layer’ against the back wall of your module. Repeat!

8. Always keep your weight limit in mind!

However cleverly you pack your Containaway self storage container you must remember that it can only hold 1.5 tonne of goods safely. If your module is overweight you may have to unpack some goods – so as you’re very cleverly filling your module, don’t forget to weigh!