Sketch out a plan on how you will load your storage unit to maximize efficiency. (Bilan 3D/

By Laura Gee, Content and Social Media Manager,

When you rent a storage unit, you want to be able to get the most for your money. That’s why you evaluate your options to search for the best value. Once you lock in on a storage unit with the best value, it is then time to make sure you’re making the most out of that storage unit. Efficient packing and loading will help you to use as much space as possible in your unit while still following practices to maintain good quality retention for your belongings.

Sketch out a plan on how you will load your storage unit to maximize efficiency. (Bilan 3D/


Consolidating your items can save you so much space. One prime example would be taking all of your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs out of those bulky cases and putting the discs into sleeves in a binder. Some people have a hard time getting rid of the cases, but if you do, you can save yourself a ton of space not only in your storage unit but in your new place as well. Another way to consolidate would be to ditch some of your shoe boxes and just let your more durable shoes fend for themselves. Yes, it is nice to have the original boxes, but those original boxes take up a lot of room. There are many areas in which you can consolidate like items to help you save storage space.

Utilize Open Spaces

Your appliances and bigger pieces of furniture supply you with big areas of open, usable storage space. You can put light items like blankets, bags of clothes, and small boxes inside of refrigerators, entertainment centers, and even washing machines. These appliances need to be left open anyway to promote good air circulation and to avoid mold, so why not use some of that space responsibly?

Sketch Out a Plan

Having a plan of how you want to load your storage unit is crucial. Just chucking in items where ever you can fit them isn’t a good choice. You should draw out your unit and place your biggest items in first. Putting these in well can sometimes feel like a game of Tetris. Next, draw areas to keep like items together like the back right corner is office stuff and the back left is full of holiday decorations. Doing this will help you to know where things are located in your storage unit and it will help you have a better understanding of how things will fit. You can the ability to rearrange items with the simple swipe of a pencil when you realize it isn’t going to fit instead of having to fix this problem by physically moving around big, heavy objects.

Your storage unit is there to help you. Make sure you’re using it so you get the most out of it. Don’t waste space because you didn’t take the time to think about things before you pulled up with a truck load of a your stuff. Your hard earned money and valuable time shouldn’t be wasted so use your self storage unit efficiently.