The school year is coming to a close, and soon you will be heading home for the summer. But if you are changing homes after the break, the last thing you want to do is haul all your belongings back and forth. Check out our guide to student self storage for some great ways to work a self storage unit into your life.
Stash Your Seasonal Gear
Whether you're into snowboarding, mountain biking, or stand-up paddleboarding, you know the pain of moving and storing heavy, awkward equipment during the offseason. A self storage unit can be the perfect solution to this problem. And if you add an equipment rack, like this one from Store Your Board, there will be even more room in your unit for other equipment.
If you’re planning on applying to graduate school, chances are you have some assignments you’re holding on to for your portfolio. The problem with paper is it gets easily wrinkled, especially during multiple moves. A self storage unit is a great way to keep fragile possessions like grade-A papers in presentable condition.
Split a Unit
If you don’t have a lot to store and have a couple of roommates or friends who could use a little extra room, too, consider splitting a unit. Besides being a great place to stash your gear during the offseason, a self storage unit is practically a necessity when moving to a new home. It’s an investment that will keep on giving.
Cardboard boxes are great for a storage unit, but if you don’t label the box you will yank out your hair relocating specific items. All it takes is a black marker and neat handwriting. If you want to take things to the next level, after you’ve labeled each box and placed it in your unit, go through with a piece of paper and make a map out where your boxes are located.
Make a Pathway
Now that you have everything labeled and ready to load into your unit, be sure to leave a pathway so you can access every row of boxes. This way, you will be able to read the labels. If you want to take this tip to the next level, try stacking your boxes brick-wall style. It is a less efficient use of space, but it will allow you to pull a box out of the middle without removing all the boxes above it.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Nobody likes cleaning more than they have to, but it’s a lot nicer to pull a clean sweater out of storage than a stinky one. And if you’re storing something like a refrigerator, there could be more than just a lingering odor to deal with after three months. When you clean your things before storing them away, bringing them out again feels almost like you’re opening a new present.
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