How do you play? you ask. Well, we’re going to try to explain the best we can.
First rule in this game: When you rent a storage unit make sure to get the right size. Too small or too large will mean your belongings don’t fit or you will wind up paying for empty space. A quick tip hear is to use our storage calculator.
Pro tip: Once you have rented the right sized storage unit put a plastic drop sheet on the floor to protect your belongings from moisture that can come up through concrete floors or underneath the roll up door.
Now it’s time to start packing your unit: Placing items like furniture and appliances should be considered first. The best way to play Storage Tetris is to put appliances and large furniture like couches against the far back wall first. Take the backs off loveseats and chairs (if they are designed to do so). This makes it so these furnishings can be stacked.
Once you have those heavier items along the back wall of your storage unit it’s now time to place things like mattresses along the side walls. A little extra advise we found can be checked out in this Museum blog on packing and storing.
Pro tip: put in mattress in mattress bags to protect them from damage during storage.
Place bigger heavier totes or boxes just inside where the mattresses are leaning against the wall. Next stack lighter weighted boxes onto of the larger ones.
Pro tip: to keep everyone accessing the storage unit safely only stack things as high as the shortest person can safely reach.
Work toward the center of the unit flowing forward. Remember to put items you will not be needing toward the back and items you will frequently need toward the front of the storage unit. As in the game of Tetris, fill gaps with similar shaped items to create tight stacks that maximize the space. Shelving units can be used to store boxes. This also helps free up the floor space for more awkward shaped items. The “Tetris” effect is a great read from a company called You Move Me.
Pro tip: make sure to leave yourself a center isle.
Pro tip: Try not to place cardboard boxes near the front of the unit as rain and/or snow can leak in. Once you’ve got the unit loaded cover as much as you can with a dust cover to keep it clean and ready to use.
Now you are ready to pack and store your belongings successfully. Remember heavy items at the back along with items you won’t need any time soon and lighter or frequently needed items at the front. If you something you need that we don’t carry, please check out our friends over at Nowco Home Hardware.
Once you are ready to go, head over to our rental page and secure your spot!