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There comes a time in everyone’s life when there is just too much stuff inside the house. When your basement and attic are filled with stuff that “you may need sometime”. And 99% of the time, that situation never arises. Also, if you are tripping on stuff when walking through your home, maybe it is time to consider renting a storage unit. People also rent storage units before hiring their NYC movers. However, renting a storage unit is not fool proof. There are some common storage mistakes that can happen to everyone who does not invest enough time into the matter. For this reason, we have compiled a list of 8 common storage mistakes that will make your storing difficult. So, without any further ado, let’s dive in!

Common storage mistakes

If some of these happened to you, do not bring yourself down. They are common for a reason. People just forget to think about some things when they are in a rush to store everything away. Doing your research about the size and the price of the storage unit will help you immensely. If you want to store furniture, then look for furniture storage NYC. Proper organization can make your life easier by a huge margin. In addition, you will be able to correct some of those mistakes after reading this article, so let us not tarry any longer with this matter.

Mistake no. 1: Not packing properly

People usually just take all their boxes, and just randomly throw stuff inside them. This is a huge mistake. Many of your things can get broken that way, you will not know how to stack the boxes, you will not know where which item is, etc.

One of the most common storage mistakes is not getting different sized boxes
Getting different sized boxes can help you with storing

So, give yourself ample time to organize your packing process. First of all, get different sized boxes. By getting different sized boxes you will be able to stack them more efficiently and be much more space efficient. This is important if you want to save space in your storage. You should also divide the items by room or by type and pack them like that. You should also get enough packing material such as packing paper, Styrofoam, plastic wrap, etc. This will help you to ensure the safety of your items. Also, make sure to put the sturdier items on the bottom, and the lighter ones on top. You do not want a box filled with books to smash something lighter underneath.

Mistake no. 2: Getting a small (or big) storage unit

This is one of the most common storage mistakes when renting. Many people think that they do not have that much stuff and rent smaller inventory storage NYC. Other people think they do have too much stuff, and get a bigger storage unit. What happens after this is not enough room for all of your items, or too much space left. The first category can be solved by getting a bigger storage unit. The latter category can be solved by either putting more stuff in, or renting a smaller storage unit. You do not want to pay a higher price for something you are not using. So, make sure you do your research and see which size of storage unit you need.

Mistake no. 3: Storing food

This one should be as clear as day and without the need of any explanation. However, some people skip the part where they use common sense and still do it anyway. Storing food or other perishable items can be really detrimental to your storage unit especially if you rented long-term storage NYC. It can attract all kinds of pest and vermin, and give your storage an unpleasant smell. Those pests can cause damage to the other items in storage, so it is best to throw the food away if you are not planning on eating it.

Mistake no. 4: Not labeling boxes

This one is related to your inventory and packing. You do not want to search aimlessly through all of your boxes just because you did not label them during the packing process. You can label them with colored stickers and divide them by type. For example, all glass objects will be labeled blue. This will save you time and your nerves will be intact while searching for that specific item. You should also put the color on your inventory list next to the corresponding items inside the boxes.

Label boxes so you don’t have trouble finding what you need

Mistake no. 5: Not making an aisle

This is again closely tied to organization. If you just cram everything up in the back end of the storage, you will have a hard time reaching anything. If you create an aisle and make each box accessible, you will spend less time in your storage unit. Even if you label the boxes and stack them perfectly, you will struggle to reach everything quickly. In addition, the aisles should be wide enough for you to walk through while carrying a box.

Mistake no. 6: Not looking up other services

Storage units offer a lot of other services. This includes security, climate control, humidity control, etc.One of the most common storage mistakes is getting the cheapest storage unit. This leaves your belongings vulnerable to natural elements and burglary. Make sure to check this out and find good storage!

Make an inventory so you know which box contains what items

Mistake no. 7: Leave space in boxes

This is one of the least space efficient things you can do, after incorrect stacking. This can also lead to damage because the boxes on top make crush the empty spaces in the boxes below. Pack properly and avoid such common storage issues!

Mistake no. 8: Not cleaning the items, and putting wet items in storage

Cleaning the items before storing them can help preserve them. Putting wet items in storage can help produce mold and mildew and attract pests, so it is wise to put only clean and dry items in your storage.

With all that said, we have given you some of the most common storage mistakes. Good luck with your storing!

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011