Stacking and storing your items safely and neatly

In your storage unit you will most likely be using normal cardboard boxes to store your items.  Cardboard boxes are great to use as they are sturdy and they can keep your things organized and clean.  Also you usually have some lying around from previous purchases, but if you need more we have all kinds of boxes and supplies in our office.  One problem that happens with cardboard boxes is they can only be stacked so high and they can be tricky to stack.

You might consider the tips and ideas which Occupational Safety & Health Administration give as guidelines to businesses:

In general all materials stored in tiers shall be stacked, racked, blocked, interlocked, or otherwise secured to prevent sliding, falling or collapse.

moving_boxesWhen you stack boxes,use boxes that are uniform size, they’re easier to stack. make sure to keep the heavy ones on the bottom.

-Storage areas shall be kept free from accumulation of materials that constitute hazards from tripping, fire, explosion, or pest attack. 

-But never forget that the Aisles and passageways shall be kept clear to provide for the free and safe movement of material handling equipment or employees. Such areas shall be kept in good repair.

The last item that OSHA suggested above is to leave aisle space, which may be something you consider.   Odds are you may need to get to your items during your time of having a storage unit.  Climbing over things or pulling everything out to get to back items can be a hassle and dangerous.  Plan accordingly and stack neatly to give yourself room to access your boxes.

Also remember to label your boxes on multiple sides so that you can see the label easily from different angles.

King Arthur Self Storage in West Valley, Utah offers a variety of sizes, but sometimes it is best to get 2 smaller units than 1 big storage unit.  You can organize each one differently based on how often you might access it.

 

Also always remember to lift with your legs and don’t carry more than you should :)