How to unpack a storage unit | 11.09.2017

It’s almost ‘back to school’ time and across the country students are dusting off the belongings they’d kept in storage units over the summer period. But the way you unpack your storage unit can have a big impact on how smooth or stressful the experience can be. So, to help you with this, we’ve compiled our top tips on how to unpack a storage unit effectively.

Timing is everything

If you’ve got the time, it’s worth not trying to unpack everything at once. Especially in student accommodation when space is usually at a minimum! If you were super-organised when packing your unit, you’ve hopefully put all your essential items (like kitchen equipment) towards the front of the unit so they get unpacked first. If not…well it’s something to bear in mind for the future.

Do it room by room

The easiest way to make a big task more manageable is to divide it into smaller chunks. The same goes for unpacking a storage unit. Place your boxes into each room and make sure no boxes are missing. We recommend that you begin with the kitchen (so you can make yourself tea etc. while unpacking the other rooms!) and then move onto your bedroom, bathroom and leave any living space until last.

Get some tools

If you don’t have a basic toolkit, now is the time to get one. Make sure you have some hammers, nails and screwdrivers handy, and either some scissors or a knife to open boxes. Buy yourself a big pack of rubbish bags, check to see when your rubbish is collected and arrange an additional collection if you have a lot of rubbish and it’s going to be hanging around in your bin for a long time.

Also, get your wifi set up before moving day. It’s a little thing that you’ll find so useful on the day!

Label everything

This is more one for when you’re packing your boxes – so if you haven’t done this, it’s an unfortunate lesson to learn for next time. Labelling your boxes makes unpacking much more efficient. Not only can you tell what room your box is supposed to be in, but you can prioritise more useful items (like a kettle) and leave the less useful ones (like outdated textbooks). If you’re feeling super-efficient, you can even number each box according to importance, and then unpack the highest numbered ones first.

Recycle and reuse

Once everything is unpacked, you’re going to be left with a lot of boxes. Apart from using them to build a cardboard fort, it’s worth keeping hold of boxes if you know that you’re going to be storing your items again in the near future – or passing them on to someone who will. At the very least, you should try to recycle all of your packing materials. Oh, and before you get rid of any boxes, make sure they’re completely empty!

Keep your cool

Sure, unpacking is a big task and can seem impossible once you’re surrounded by all your worldly possessions. But you will do it. Don’t stress too much as unpacking will eventually get done. If you do find yourself losing your cool, make yourself a cup of tea and take a moment to recharge.