If you’re on the lookout for a flexible and convenient storage solution, temporary storage units are a reliable option. Whether you’re decluttering, moving house, or just need a bit of extra wiggle room, knowing how to maximise the space in your unit can make a big difference. 

At BlueBox Storage, we provide a range of short-term storage units to suit a variety of needs across the North East, including Middlesborough, Darlington, and Stockton. If it’s for personal storage, student storage, or business storage, we have a solution in our secure facilities.

To make your experience with us as smooth as possible, here are our top five tips for making the most of your temporary storage.

What is short-term storage?

Short-term storage is where you can rent a storage unit for a limited period, usually from a few weeks to a few months. We offer a short-term option here at BlueBox Storage — our minimum rental period is for one month.

It’s an ideal solution for those who need temporary storage for clothes, furniture, or other belongings when moving house, making renovations, or putting things away for seasonal storage. With a temporary storage unit, you get all the flexibility and convenience without the pressure of a long-term commitment.

With this in mind, let’s look at some handy tips to help you get the most out of your storage, no matter how short the lease length. 

1. Choose the right storage unit size

With three storage unit sizes to choose from, it’s important that you pick a unit big enough for your belongings. We offer 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft storage units for your convenience.

A unit that’s too small could lead to overcrowding which could then damage your items. On the flip side, one that’s too large means you’ll be paying for unused space. To help you make the right choice, take a look at our storage container information, or get in touch with our team for expert advice and guidance.

2. Pack smart

Effective packing will help you make the most of your chosen storage space. You don’t need to be a packing expert — you can start off with our sturdy boxes and packing solutions to protect your items, available for collection at all of our storage locations

For temporary storage, we strongly recommend clearly labelling each box or container with a list of contents. While it takes a bit of time, you could also consider creating an inventory list. This will help you keep track of where things are so you can easily find them when your rental period term is up.

3. Make vertical space your best friend

Our storage units offer space vertically and widthways — so why not make the most of it? 

Most people think about floor space when renting a storage container, but you shouldn’t forget that you also have a lot of room to stack upwards. Our best tip? When stacking, always place heavier items on the bottom and lighter, more fragile items on top for a sturdy balance.

4. Protect your belongings

When you invest in storage solutions, it’s probably because you’re looking to protect and secure your belongings

To keep everything safe, don’t be afraid to use bubble wrap, furniture covers, and padding to protect any fragile items. For clothing, we suggest washing your clothes before storing them. 

5. Plan ahead for accessibility

If you’re opting for temporary storage, it might not be long until you need to retrieve your items again. Time flies when you’re having fun on holiday, renovating, or moving!

Think about how often you’ll need to access your storage unit and plan accordingly. To do this, place any items you might need to grab near the front of the unit — and don’t forget to create a clear pathway so you can get in and out easily. This way, you won’t have to move everything around each time you need something. 

For your convenience, our affordable storage units are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so you are welcome to come whenever you need to.

Temporary storage solutions from BlueBox storage

Ready to find the perfect temporary storage solution? At BlueBox Storage, we’ve got storage solutions you can trust — no matter how long you’re with us for. 

With convenient locations across the North East, from Darlington to Swalwell, our team can help you choose the right unit. Maximise your storage space with us, and get in touch to rent a storage unit at your nearest BlueBox location.