Furniture, books, kitchenware, appliances, holiday decorations, and much more make up part of the list of things people generally put into mini storage. Something else that all of these items have in common are that they can be extremely heavy and hard to transport. Far too often people, maybe myself included, would just rather muscle something in and out of a truck instead of trying to make it easier in some fashion. While using sheer force to move something can work, it might not be the safest option. Let’s look at some ways to making loading your mini storage unit easier and safer:
Breaking items down into smaller components makes them easier to manage. Not only does it get lighter because you’re only carrying a portion of the piece, but it is also easier to manage. Carrying two slats of a bed frame is a lot easier than lugging the whole thing around. Remember when breaking down furniture that you should take pictures of the areas where it connects and make sure you keep all of the nuts, bolts, screws, and other similar items in a labeled zip-shut bag. Also, it is safer to tear items down because it is easier to walk with smaller items and it is better for your body to bear less of a load.
Use a Hand Truck
Beg, borrow, or buy one if you don’t already have one. Hand trucks make loading your mini storage unit so much easier, faster, and safer. Instead of having to carrying one, maybe two, box at a time, you can load three or four heavy boxes onto your hand truck. You save your back by only having to bear the load of the boxes when you’re lifting it on and off the hand truck. Buying one of these is a wise investment in my opinion.
Use Lifting Straps
Lifting straps can help make picking up big, heavy items that cannot be broken down a lot easier and safer. When you use these, you’re able to help shift some of the weight and that makes carrying the item easier. You and your buddy are able to lessen the impact of the weight on your arms when you let the straps distribute the weight. This little bit of convenience can save a lot of wear and tear on your body.
There are many more ways to make moving items into your mini storage unit faster, safer, and easier, but those are just three easy ones to help you get started. Safety should always be a top priority and if safety measures happen to make things easier and faster as well, then great! Taking the time to break down heavy items or find simple tools to help you can go a long way.