Self-storage units can provide extra space for you to keep certain belongings that you don't really want to keep inside your house but don't want to part with right now. It seems easy to just pack everything up and deposit it inside the unit, but there are easy-to-make mistakes that can result in damage and confusion. The following suggestions are a good idea if you want to ensure that you keep your sanity and your belongings in good shape.

Ignoring Climate Control

Packing things in boxes might seem like a simple job, but if you plan to keep any kind of electronic devices inside the unit, boxing them up isn't the only thing you'll need to do. You may need to request a unit that has climate control, as high heat and low temperatures can destroy some of the components that make up alarm clocks, computers, mobile phones, and other electronics.

Not Using Blocks or Pallets

The floor inside the unit might be dry now; it may not even enter your thoughts that placing bags, carpets, furniture, and all of your boxes there could be a problem. However, fluid can seep through from another person's unit, wetting and destroying anything laying on the floor. Concrete blocks, plastic crates, and wood pallets should be used to create a platform for everything you're using the unit for.

Closing Appliance Doors

Storing that mini-fridge from your kid's college dorm room or a full size model for later use? You might have wiped down those appliances well and want to shut the door to maximize space, but that is something you have to think twice about. Even if you think they are completely dry, you don't want to open them months from now only to discover that there is a strong mildew smell or that some kind of mold or bacteria has taken over because of leftover moisture. Keeping doors ajar is a safer choice.

Not Writing Down Your Floor Plan

No matter how excellent you consider your memory, there is nothing worse than being in a hurry for a particular item and having no idea where to start. After unloading everything, take a few moments to draw up some kind of floor plan to guide you later.

If you don't want to get confused or frustrated when sorting through the self-storage unit or damage the things you've hoped to keep safe in there, use the advice detailed here. The self-storage company might be able to provide more direction.