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Top tips for packing your self storage unit

Hiring a self storage unit in Dorset can be a great way to declutter and create a little bit of extra room when you need it. So whether you are having a clear out of your house, clearing out an office, moving house or renovating, self storage is often a useful solution.

But it can be all too easy to just chuck your belongings into the storage unit without too much thought. Right now your mind is on getting the space you need. We get that, but when it comes to finding something you need, or removing your belongings from the storage unit, you might kick yourself that you didn’t put more thought behind how it was all packed in the first place.

If you take a few minutes now to think about packing your self storage unit in an ordered manner, not only will you be able to find and move things easier, but you will also be able to fit more in, so you can make the most of your money and your time.

We have gathered a few tips and tricks to help you pack your storage unit in Dorset in an organised way.

Prepare your belongings

The first step to packing a self storage unit efficiently is to pack up your belongings in the right way. This can make a big difference when it comes to putting everything into a self storage unit. Packing up belongings can seem a bit overwhelming, especially when all you can think about is being efficient. So, here are a few tips to help you with this step.

Gather packing supplies before starting

There is nothing worse than making a really good start at packing only for your flow to get stopped halfway through because you don’t have enough boxes, or tape.

Make sure you have everything you need before you start the process so that you can just get on with it when you’re ready.

You will need the following:

  • Boxes
  • Tape (if you are filling lots of boxes, you might also want a tape gun)
  • Bubble wrap or something to pad boxes with fragile belongings.
  • Marker pen

While you are on the hunt for all of these supplies, you should also find a padlock (and the key) so that you can lock your self storage unit up. At Hogleaze, we don’t provide padlocks when you hire one of our units, but we have them for sale or you can use one you already have. So make sure you have one ready before moving belongings into your unit.

If you are looking for packing supplies, we offer handy supplies at great prices, available to be purchased at our self storage facility in Weymouth and our self storage units in Dorchester.

Choose the right boxes

Good quality boxes will make packing your belongings and your storage unit easier. If you are going to be using second-hand boxes, then take a minute to check the boxes aren’t damaged, don’t have damp patches or are missing flaps as this can make boxes weaker and can potentially cause damage to your belongings.

If you can, use the same sized boxes, as this will make it easier when it comes to stacking them.

Packing your boxes sensibly

If you are used to packing boxes, then you will know what this means. And even to those who aren’t pro box packers, this might seem obvious… but make sure you pack heavier items at the bottom of the boxes. Put smaller and lighter items at the top. This will help to avoid any damage and will allow for better stability when stacking them. Also ensure to completely fill the boxes or they will crush when stacked.

Don’t forget that you will need to lift the boxes, so it might be a good idea to spread out the heavy things, such as books, across a few different boxes.

Handy tip: if you are storing clothes, then you can use things like tops, and jumpers as extra padding in the boxes.

Categorise belongings before packing them

Don’t just start randomly chucking things into boxes. As easy as this seems, it will turn into complete chaos quickly. Organising items into categories now will save you time later.

The best way we find to do this, is to separate your items by their location and then group similar items together.

Labelling is key

As you pack your boxes, make a list of where everything is going. Then once a box is filled, label the box so that you know what is in it, and where it has come from. This will save you so much time and stress when you are looking for something or are unpacking your self storage unit. When packing your unit, you will need to make sure the labels are still visible when the boxes are stacked.

It is always a good idea to label any boxes that have anything fragile in them. As time goes on, you are likely to forget where you put your fragile belongings, so this is a good way to warn yourself, and anyone else, that something fragile is in that box that is being moved.

Organising your Dorset self storage unit

Now that all your belongings are packed away safely in an organised manner, it is time to pack your self storage unit.

Make a detailed inventory

Before you even lift a box into the storage unit, we recommend you make a detailed inventory of what is going into the storage unit.

This will help you to know what you have, and where it is.. It can also act as proof should anything happen to your storage unit.

If you want to be super organised, you can draw a layout of your unit, and a basic map to highlight where things are going in the self storage unit. This can help you visualise how to pack the unit, which can help take away stress when stacking all those boxes.

Leave a copy of the map in the storage unit with your belongings so that you don’t have to remember to bring it with you each time you visit.

Pack heavier items first

Similar to when packing boxes, you want to put the heavier things at the bottom. These can create sturdy bases to stack other boxes, and will ensure that lighter and smaller boxes aren’t squashed under the weight.

Place these boxes at the back of the unit, against the wall and then work your way into the unit.

Make use of smaller spaces and the height of the unit

Once larger items are in, stuff the smaller spaces and gaps with smaller items and boxes, where possible. To make best use of the space, make sure that items and boxes are packed in tightly.

Where possible, also make sure that you are getting the most out of the height of your storage unit. If you’re storing a sofa, wardrobe or large boxes, store them vertically to make sure the bulkier items are making the most of the space.

Keep frequently needed items at the front

If there is something that you will need to access fairly frequently, such as some sports equipment, then make sure it is at the front of the self storage unit. You don’t want to have to root around all the boxes to find it every time you need it.

If you have drawn a map, you can mark on it where these items are, so that you can put your hands on them as soon as you get to your unit.

Keep an aisle open for easy access

Make your life easier now rather than have to forge a path through your belongings in the future. Stack boxes in a way that allows you to leave little walkways between the boxes. The easier movement is around the unit, the easier it will be to find things when you need them as you won’t need to unpack the unit each time you need to find something

Interested in using our self storage in Dorset?

Congratulations… you are now an expert packer!

If you need help in deciding what size unit you require, firstly establish whether you will require access to the stored goods while in storage, then call us and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team.

If you are in need of a self storage unit in Dorset, we have a number of units available to hire at our self storage facilities in Weymouth and Dorchester.

For safe, flexible storage give us a call on 01305 830000 for self storage in Weymouth, or
for our self storage facility in Dorchester, call us on 01305 889777.

Alternatively, you can complete the form on our contact us page.

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Hogleaze provides excellent facilities and service

We are emailing you to inform you that we have sold our motorhome and will no longer require the pitch. Should we buy another van, we will of course come back if you have availability.

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I was really impressed with the service and customer-focused attention I received dealing with you both. Prompt replies to my enquiries and professional standards throughout mean that my first thoughts on needing storage will be towards Hogleaze. Also, as I mentioned when meeting you, my work involves motor homes, camper vans and the occasional ‘shed’ and I have and will continue to recommend you. I took several of your cards for this purpose!

Unfortunately, our house move failed as the buyers pulled out on Christmas Eve (nice) so I’ve put my MX5 back in our double garage but I was happy knowing it was safe and snug at yours!

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Fantastic value, easy and secure. Would not hesitate to use again if needed.

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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

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We used Hogleaze Storage for nearly 1 year excellent faculties and all storage units very secure and high standard. Staff always friendly and happy to help. Would highly recommend them!

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I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have.

It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the Caravan in to secure storage. I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have. I received your welcome letter yesterday and have set up the standing order for the 1st July and then to continue at the begin of each month thereafter.

Thank you once again.

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It has been a most enjoyable experience entrusting Hogleaze Storage Ltd with my furniture, household and personal possessions, since August 2012.

It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

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Thank you

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Find Us


Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas

phone 01305 889777


Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport