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Storage boxes have been touted as an efficient storage system for many years. Cardboard has proven to be the most efficient over wooden or steel storage boxes. Cardboard is extremely durable and sturdy, easy to manufacture, transport and store, and they prevent damage to the items within a storage unit. Not only that, they're recyclable as well!

As consumers, we're acquiring more 'things' than ever before, and the need for storage is continuing to increase. So, what do we turn to when we're packing unwanted items away for storage? - a cardboard box! There are so many benefits in the good old cardboard box, here's just a few.

Versatility in Size and Storage Content

Our Cardboard Storage boxes come in various sizes, ensuring flexibility in rental options based on your needs. Depending on how much you want to pack in a box, square boxes or rectangular boxes are options when renting. We even offer storage boxes to allow clothes to hang while in storage, linen, and blankets to be folded and laid out correctly, wine etc. Storage boxes are suitable for both storing or moving the contents of your house, and contents of your work facility. 


There are no 'surprise' costs that sneak up on you when renting storage boxes. The rental costs are clearly defined, allowing you to easily budget for your storage. Once a lease agreement is signed, you can rest assured there won't be any additional unexpected costs.

Depending on the location of your storage unit, the cost can vary widely. For example, a storage facility in the inner-suburbs of an Australian major city will be much more costly than a storage facility in the outer suburbs. Similarly, the price will vary between cities. Looking at Gold Coast prices, for example, rental costs are lower than those in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Whether or not there is self-access to the storage unit will also alter the rental cost.


Importantly, transporting the contents of a house or office facility can involve risk of damage to contents. For this reason, sturdy storage containers are a must. This guarantees the easiest, most affordable degree of safety for your assets. Knowing that you can safely stack, store and lock your boxes prevents stress and anxiety levels from rising - assuming they're already high based on the move alone! If you're considering storing confidential and sensitive documents, our lockable containers are a fantastic choice. Most reputable storage facilities heavily invest in security measures to ensure content safety. These include; 

Security lighting and alarm protection: Exterior lighting helps to deter thieves and makes access easier for those who have authorisation to be in the facility

On-site security:
Security personnel will be on-site during business hours for added security.

CCTV monitoring:

A good deterrent for thieves, and a good method for storage companies to monitor those who may have accessed their facility illegitimately. This allows investigating any illegal behaviour easier to undertake.

Gated access:

Access through security staff or a key-code access system ensures only those with authorised access enter the facility.

These are just some of the many benefits of investing in sturdy cardboard storage boxes. Finding a reputable company is essential, and once you've found the right facility, you'll be able to safely and cost-effectively store or move your contents/assets with confidence and peace of mind.

Big Storage Space, Small Fees

Space. It is one of the most sort-after commodities these days, but it can feel like it costs an arm and a leg to get it! We have all been there, needing somewhere to store furniture while moving or trying to figure out what to do with beloved items that no longer fit in the back room or garage at home. At that point, we are stuck with a big decision: donate/throw things away or find a way to store the items. This is where self storage is the perfect solution, not only because the units are clean and secure but also because the right option can cost you as little as a cup of coffee a day! 

Big Box Self Storage removes all the fuss with no lease costs or long minimum stays, plus we don't charge access fees or excessive deposits – we are all about simple and affordable storage solutions with friendly customer service. 

Want to know our secret to affordability? It's quite simple:

We help you reduce your moving costs 

We offer a FREE enclosed trailer to help you with your moving needs so that you don't have to pay truck or ute hire fees. We even throw in packing blankets, fridge trolleys and ropes, which means you save money on packing materials too. 

Want to purchase boxes, tape or wrap? We have all your storage needs available on-site, making us your one stop moving shop and saving you time and money. 

You don't pay for access to your belongings

We offer drive-up access to your storage box, so when you decide you need that spare couch or want to dust off the surfboard, you can zip around and grab your belongings without a hitch.

Moving and storing items can be a daunting process, so we have compiled tips, tricks and expert help to ensure your items are packed safely so that you can access them with ease. Our goal is to guarantee you have the best possible experience when using our service and we know our recommended removalists take extra care when handling your possessions. We've done the work for you to help save you time and money with a little extra peace of mind. 

So, when you want a reliable and affordable option, Big Box Self Storage has you covered. Contact the friendly team today by clicking here - Contact us .

Is a Storage Unit Affordable?

There are more storage units in Australia than ever before. For consumers this is good news. 

It means there's a lot of choice out there and there are affordable storage units to suit most budgets. But what should people look for in affordable storage? At the very least, they should look for facilities that are modern, clean and secure. Convenient access is another factor worth taking into account.

So How Much Does a Storage Unit Cost?

The cost of storage units is based on volume (cubic metres) and clients usually pay per month

The location of the facility will have a significant impact on the cost. In the Gold Coast's neighbouring states - NSW and South Australia - storage unit facilities are not cheap. In fact, in the inner suburbs of Sydney, monthly rental of a 9m³ storage unit is quite costly. In Adelaide and Brisbane, the price range is marginally more cost effective than Sydney. When you look at prices in the Gold Coast area, the same amount of storage space is even more affordable in comparison with neighbouring states. 

The type of facility and whether there is self-access will also impact on its cost. So, too, will the length of time you plan to use the storage unit. For long term users, lower monthly rates can often be negotiated.

Why Do People Use Self Storage Units?

Actually, there are many reasons why more and more Australians are utilising storage facilities. 

Some people simply have too much stuff and not enough space for it. Others may have altered their living circumstances – the size and makeup of their family may have changed or they may have decided to relocate, perhaps temporarily or even long term. Home renovations may also necessitate putting furniture items into storage. Whatever the reason, storage units are an affordable solution to surplus possessions. Belongings are kept safe and secure and owners don't have to worry about their possessions while dealing with moving or decorating. 

Can Businesses Use Storage Units?

More and more businesses are turning to storage units as a way to minimise overheads. 

Storage units are ideal for bulky documents that can't be disposed of for taxation, legal or insurance purposes. Equipment, tools or out of season stock are other items that commercial operators often consign to storage. With eCommerce becoming ever more popular, many online shops use self storage units as mini warehouses. 

Larger, awkwardly shaped items such as trade show equipment (banners, stands, etc.) or even scenery used in theatre productions are objects that don't need to be used all year round. Storage units are a cost effective way for businesses to store these things. 

Why Choose Big Box Self Storage Gold Coast?

Are you looking for affordable self storage? 

At Big Box Self Storage Gold Coast we have options to suit all storage requirements, whether personal or commercial. Our rates are cost effective and our highly convenient facilities are modern, clean and secure. Contact our friendly, helpful and experienced staff today for a quote, or to find out more.

When it comes to secure self storage, Gold Coast residents are not short of options, with everything from small garage lockups to large big box warehouses available. 

But how do you know if a storage provider is trustworthy? 

To help you find secure self storage Gold Coast wide, we created a simple three-part checklist to follow: 

1. Check References and Reviews

Checking reviews is a good way of spotting rogue traders early on in the selection process. Search the internet and build a short list of potential storage companies in your area. Now check the Facebook, Google Places and Yelp listings for each provider on your list. 

Don't be discouraged if you find the odd bad review, even the most reputable establishments get bad reviews from time to time. But you should make sure that most reviews are positive and that there are no recurring themes. For example, consistent claims of things going missing is a red flag to watch for. 

Once you have narrowed down your list, don't stop there. Any reputable storage provider should be able to provide you with references. So contact companies directly and ask them for a reference. Ideally, this should be from a reputable small business in the local area which can be independently checked. 

2. Check Terms and Conditions

Once you have narrowed down the list to a couple of providers make sure you read their terms and conditions. Pay particular attention to the delayed or late payment section which will detail the grace period you have before your goods can be auctioned off. 

This is important because some rogue storage companies have a policy of auctioning off items if your rent is delayed by just a couple of days. Make sure there is a grace period of at least a week and preferably a month before your items can be sold. This will give you time to settle the outstanding debt and secure your belongings. 

You should also check daily late fees. Some rogue storage companies charge a low price upfront but have extortionate daily late fees which can soon start adding up. So make sure there are no hidden fees or nasty surprises in the contract before you sign on the dotted line. 

3. Go and Visit

Finally, you should go and visit each of the storage providers left on your list before committing to space. There are a couple of things you need to look out for:

First of all, check the security of the site. Make sure there is adequate security fencing and that access to the site is restricted to key holders only. The site should also be protected by CCTV both inside and outside the facility. 

If you were unable to obtain a copy of their terms and conditions prior to your visit, make sure you ask for a copy and read them carefully before committing to space. If the operator won't allow you time to take the contract home, this is a red flag and usually means they have something to hide. 

Choosing a secure storage unit needn't be hard. Carry out these quick and simple checks before committing to space and you will be able to sleep soundly at night knowing your belongings are safe and secure.

How Secure is Self-Storage?

When choosing a self-storage facility, security is the most important consideration for most people. 

Having the right security measures in place gives you peace of mind that your possessions are safe from theft and burglary. 

That's why most reputable self-storage facilities invest heavily in security measures to prevent unauthorised access to their premises. Many different security measures can be deployed including biometric measures, but as a minimum, any reputable self-storage company should deploy the following five security measures. 

1. Secure Gated Access

Security gates should be used to monitor access to any storage facility. The exact method used varies from facility to facility. Some companies have security personnel on the gate 24 hours a day, while others use a keycode access system which helps to monitor comings and goings. 

Whichever method is used, it should be capable of monitoring who is on site and when. A simple padlock on the gate is not really appropriate for a company responsible for securing your personal belongings. So when choosing a facility, make sure they have adequate monitored, gated security measures in place. 

2. Security Lighting

Secure storage facilities should be well lit at all times, both inside and outside the building. Exterior security lighting helps to deter thieves and make it much easier for authorised users to access the facility out of office hours. This is particularly important if the facility is not manned 24 hours a day.

For interior lighting, storage facilities should use lights that can be turned on and off whilst people are on the premises. This significantly reduces energy costs and removes the risk of people leaving lights switched on in their storage units when they leave. 

3. 24hr CCTV Monitoring

The sight of CCTV cameras is often enough to deter thieves, but they also allow storage companies to monitor the actions of people who have gained access to the site legitimately. It is not unheard of for potential thieves to rent space in a facility just so they can gain easy access to it later.

CCTV cameras should be installed in prominent positions both inside and outside the facility. Warning signs should also be put up to warn potential thieves that the premises are protected by video surveillance cameras. Ideally, such cameras should be linked to a central monitoring station where they can be viewed by security personnel 24 hours a day. 

4. On-site Personnel

All storage facilities should have a member of staff on-site during business hours. This not only helps with any queries you may have about the facility, but also allows them to monitor the comings and goings of personnel visiting the site. 

The facility should also be protected by security personnel out of office hours. This could be a mobile patrol but ideally, it should include onsite personnel who are able to monitor access and video surveillance 24 hours a day from a central security station. 

5. Alarm Protection

One of the most effective ways of protecting a storage facility is to ensure it is fitted with unauthorised access alarms. A central monitoring station is also notified, letting onsite security personnel investigate the breach. 

Advantages of properly implemented security 

Choosing a storage company that deploys all of the above security measures gives you peace of mind that your personal belongings and property are safe. But there are other advantages, including:

1. Control who has access to your unit

- Pin number access control lets you decide who has access to your unit. This is useful if you are using your unit as storage for a business, allowing  you to restrict access to trusted employees and restrict everyone else. 

2. Keep a Record of Access to your Unit

 - If multiple people are allowed access to your unit, it is important that you keep a record of access. By combining CCTV with access records,  you can easily track who accessed the unit and when. 

3. Monitor what is Taken

 - With each secure unit protected by CCTV, you can not only monitor who accesses the unit but also what goods are removed.  This is an important consideration if you have allowed other people to access your unit on your behalf. 

At Big Box, we operate one of the most secure self-storage facilities in Queensland. Our Labrador facility is well lit and monitored 24/hrs a day by CCTV surveillance cameras. Access is also strictly controlled by individual pin codes, while secure fencing helps to keep potential thieves at bay. 

So don't risk losing your valuable possessions by using a facility with substandard security measures. Contact the storage experts at Big Box today for a free no-obligation quotation. We not only guarantee the best price but also provide some of the best high security measures in the industry.


Why do Businesses need Self Storage?

There are many reasons why all kinds of businesses need self storage. They range from creating a territory distribution point for a sales team to a mini warehouse to store trade supplies. Let's examine some of the main benefits and reasons why businesses need and use self storage.

The benefits of Self Storage for Business:


  • You pay month to month with no yearly leases required. 
  • There is no large bond required to rent a storage space.
  • The rental rate for self storage is competitive with the cost of office space.
  • Office space is better used to generate income than for storage.
  • You can pay for periods in advance to receive a discount.
  • Some storage facilities will offer to assist you to move in your goods for free.
  • Shelving can be made available (at cost) to make the best use of your storage space.
  • A free receipt and dispatch service means you don't need to employ someone to receive deliveries.


  • 24 hour security gives you peace of mind.
  • Offsite storage protects your valuable documents in case of fire.
  • You rent your own individual lock up space and you keep the keys.  


  • 7 day extended hour access to your storage provides great convenience.
  • Drive up roller door spaces makes using storage easy and saves time.
  • Having a forklift on site means you can receive pallet deliveries easily.
  • Pallet jacks and trolley's make moving your goods around effortless. 
  • Some storage facilities have use of a free serviced office for meetings.
  • Any packaging materials you may need to ship your goods are available on site.
  • Document destruction can be arranged for your stored archives.


  • You can store month to month with very short notice required to vacate.
  • As your business changes you can alter the amount of storage space you need.
  • Downsizing and up-scaling are easy with Self Storage.


What are the main business uses for self storage?

  • Archive storage 
  • Sales team sample and product storage
  • Point of sale equipment storage
  • Office relocation furniture storage
  • Trade business storage such as plumbers, builders, plasters
  • Storage of imported and exported goods
  • Small business stock overflow storage
  • Seasonal demand such as Christmas stock storage
  • Government self storage needs
  • Pharmaceutical samples and sales material storage

  • Mobile business equipment storage

  • Home office storage

Self Storage offers great opportunities for small and big business alike to save money and increase productivity. Self Storage offers secure, convenient and flexible storage solutions that free up businesses to do what they do best.

For all your commercial storage needs please contact Big Box Self Storage. We will make Self Storage work for you.

If you have a specific business storage need that is different from those listed above we would like to hear it or if you would like to provide feedback on the article then please e-mail jdoyle@bigboxselfstorage.com.au

Why do people need Self Storage?


There are many reasons why people need self storage. They range from creating more space for living to temporarily having no home at all. The reasons also vary from country to country. Let's examine some of the main reasons why people need and use self storage.

Selling a home:

Self storage can be of great use when selling your home. It is not a well kept secret that the less cluttered your home is the more spacious it appears. This appearance of extra living space in your home can translate into more interested buyers and a significantly higher sale price. This is why one of the first recommendations you will receive from your real estate agent prior to putting your home on the market is to "de clutter" your home. 

This often involves packing away unnecessary ornamentals, old lounges and furniture that are really not needed in the home. Some home owners even go the extreme of storing everything they own and renting newer more modern furniture and plants just for the sale period. Some self storage facilities offer a free no obligation quote at your home to accurately assess the storage space you will need and can even provide a removalist solution.  

People who hoard:

The desire to "hold on to things" goes back many centuries and in extreme cases can be referred to as hoarding. Hoarding is about the fear of throwing something away that you might need someday or that if thrown away will cause a problem.   More recently our grand parents and great grand parents who experienced the great depression of the 1930's have passed down the need to protect and acquire possessions that they themselves once lost. There are many examples in the self storage industry of people renting a storage space so they can continue to collect items that they can no longer store in their home.

Hoarding can cause problems in the family home due to a reduction in the actual living space. Self storage offers these customers an opportunity to clear some space at home and still fulfill their need for retaining and gathering items. Because self storage can be rented on a month by month basis it is easy for customers to increase or decrease the amount of storage space they need. It is not uncommon for individuals to have 2 or more storage units which they often visit to look through their "stuff". Extended hours access at most storage facilities gives customers the flexibility to visit their storage units when it is convenient for them.

Building a new home:

Most people who have built a new home have done it, yes move in with in laws for a period of time while the new home is being built. However, it is quite rare that our accommodating family will have the space needed to store all our prized possessions. People using secure self storage to store all of their belongings while they build a new home is very common.

Most customers who use self storage during this period like the flexibility of month to month renting due to the uncertainty of when their new home will be completed. Customers also like the fact that they can increase their storage space at any time allowing them extra room to purchase and store new furniture for their home. Some self storage facilities will even receive deliveries of new furniture directly into your storage space on your behalf.

Due to the nature of building a home, storage for this purpose is often at least 3 to 6 months or more. Some storage facilities offer prepayment discount solutions for 3, 6, 9 and 12 months payments in advance. Alternatively you can arrange to have your payment automatically deducted each month from your credit card.    


It is unfortunate but marriage breakdowns and high divorce rates are becoming more prevalent in today's society. It is often the case where one person is forced to leave the family home and needs to store the items that were solely theirs. This can often include a car and the contents of the garage. Most storage facilities deal with these situations regularly with discretion and privacy. Should you need to store a car you should check with the storage facility to see if this type of space is available. Most times cars are stored in a lock up garage space but alternatively there may be opportunities to store it in a secured outside space.

Most customers in this situation have a tough emotional time and the need for storage can be sudden. A good self storage company will have trained team members who will have an empathetic and caring approach and provide a complete storage solution including quote, move and store at very short notice.


People often choose to travel for either work or pleasure for up to twelve months or more. With their house often unoccupied during this period they feel more secure placing their treasured possessions into a secure self storage facility. If the move overseas is work related often the company pays the bills and will require quotes. A good self storage company will be able to visit your home, provide a free quote and submit it professionally to the company responsible for making the payments.

Because 12 months is a long time you need to ensure that you save money where possible while also storing at a safe and secure location. The best way to secure the right size and price is to have an experienced self storage consultant come to your home to provide a free no obligation quote. This ensures that you will only get the space you need and will not be paying for additional unused space. Your storage consultant will be able to advise you on the best way to store your belongings for the long term and how to box and wrap them for maximum protection. Click here for information on boxes and wrapping materials. Ask your storage consultant to bring along some samples of boxes, tapes and wrapping materials to show you.

Death in the family:

It is a sad fact of life that at some stage we will all experience the death of a loved one. Many a storage consultant have had the melancholy task of assisting family members store the belongings of a deceased relative when no other options were available. Often time is needed to sort through their affairs and belongings and so a month or two of storage can relieve additional pressures during this difficult time. Storage consultants can help make this difficult task as hassle free as possible by organising everything including removal and packing with just one call.   

Moving back into the family home:  

So the kids leave the nest and you have all this spare room to do with what ever you want. And you do by creating a study and an entertainment area, not to mention your own in house storage area. Then 12 months later you get the phone call "Mum it has not worked out and I need to come home". You can rustle up a bed but where is your son or daughter going to put all of their recently acquired possessions?

Self storage is the perfect solution. Because siblings often move in and out of home a few times before settling down, self storage allows them the flexibility to store their belongings just for the period required and when needed they can get it all out and move again. Some storage facilities have a free move in trailer and driver service which is very popular among young people who can't afford removalists and have not got too much furniture to move.  Big Box Free Trailer Photo


Lifestyle and hobbies:

Some people decide to use storage to improve their way of life. This is particularly the case in Asian countries where living space is at a premium and having a storage unit is just like having a garden shed. It is merely an extension of their home. While this form of storage is not as prevalent in Australia it still exists in the more densely populated cities where apartments and living space in general are smaller and more expensive.

Self storage can also provide those with elaborate hobbies the space to indulge in their favourite past times away from the mischievous hands of children or unsympathetic partners. This may include building trains and tracks, collecting and reading comics or simply storing your valuable coin or stamp collections. With extended access hours to visit your storage space, excellent security and a variety of  different sized units to choose from at reasonable rates, self storage can provide that extra space you have always wanted.


So there you have it. These are some of the main reasons why people need to use self storage. The benefits of taking advantage of self storage are more than just peace of mind but often a sense of relief that your affairs are sorted and you are free to get on with living without your possessions tying you down.

For all your storage needs please contact Big Box Self Storageas we would love to help.

If you have a specific reason why you need personal storage that is different from those listed above we would like to hear about it or if you would like to provide feedback on the article then please e-mail jdoyle@bigboxselfstorage.com.au

Why customers use our services

Why customers use our services

Just in case you are wondering why thousands of customers have used Big Box Self Storage over the years. Here are just a few of the reasons our customers have given us:
  • De cluttering home to sell and achieve a better sell price
  • Renovating
  • Setting up a new Man cave
  • Somewhere to get away from my husband and build my ornament collection
  • Renovation
  • Divorce and separation (unfortunately you can't sleep here!)
  • Landlord wants to sell the house and has not renewed the lease
  • Moving back in with our parents to save money.
  • Moving into a furnished apartment or retirement village
  • House sitting
  • My house was due to be completed next month but the rain has set us back a month
  • The baby is due and he / she will need their own room
  • My new partner and I have moved in with each other and all of children from previous relationships (think Brady bunch!)
  • I am travelling around Australia for 12 months and won't need my stuff  
  • I am travelling overseas for work or pleasure
  • Our company needs archive storage
  • Our company has excess stock for Christmas and we need somewhere to store it
  • We run a small business and have just taken on an employee, we need more space
  • We are building a small business and will need somewhere to store and unload our imported goods for re sale and distribution.
  • It's my University break and I am going back home
  • I am a back packer and just need a locker space for my suitcases
  • I am a retired footy player and need a space for all of my trophies and memorabilia
  • My name is Santa and the North Pole has run out of space for all the Childrens toys..................................

If any of these reasons sound familiar and you would like to join the thousands of customers we have helped through these situations then please call our friendly team today on 07 5537-6633, because we would love to help you.


Tips for de cluttering your home.

Need more room to play?

                  Clutter and self storage

There is never a bad time to de clutter your house and make more room for living. You may be in the process of selling your home and looking for a better price or just simply feel like you need more space. 

While its always a good idea to "lighten" the load it is never an easy task. What do I keep, what do I throw away and what do I put into self storage? The items you put into storage will have value to you but they are things you don't need or use very often. To help with this difficult task we have put together some questions that you can ask yourself while going through this process.  

Does it need fixing or upgrading?

In today's throw away society items are often cheaper to replace than repair. If it is a technology item is it out of date and no longer compatible or useable? If it has been lying around broken for a long time then chances are that you don't need it and are unlikely to use it again. This item would be a good candidate for the scrap heap.   

When did I need or use this last?

If something has been taking up valuable space in your home for more than a year without being used is it really of value to you?

When will I use this again?

Just because you have not used something for a long time does not mean that you will never use it again but you need to try and make that distinction. For example, you may have done a lot of camping before your baby was born but have no plans to "rough" it with a new born. However, taking your kids camping as they get older is something you are looking forward to. Therefore, your tent and supplies are definitely worth keeping but perhaps just not under your feet. If you don't have a garden shed or spare room in your garage then perhaps self storage is the best solution for this item.
Is it a hidden treasure and worth some money?

Sometimes in our rush to clear a room and make space we can inadvertently throw out items of value. It is always a good idea before discarding older items to check out Ebay and make sure that the items are not worth some quick and easy money.

Is it worth storing for a year or should I just replace it when I am ready to use it?

So you are selling your home and moving in with the "outlaws" for 12 months while you and your partner build a new home. Think about all of your large items of furniture, appliances and equipment. It may well be cheaper to rent a storage unit for this time than sell the items now at a discount only to have to buy new ones at inflated prices 12 months later.

Is there another way to store these items taking up room in my house?

In this digital age, you are less likely to find big home video libraries and cabinets full of photo albums. These are more likely to be stored on a computer and backed up to an external hard drive than sitting on a shelf or in a cabinet. When looking through old paperwork, photos or letters etc consider scanning some of these to not only protect them but to reduce the physical space required to store them. 

Could somebody else benefit from having this?

If there is no one else in your extended family that could use the item then you may want to consider donating the item to the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul or a similar charitable organisation. Not only will this free up much needed space but it will also make you feel good while helping others in need.

Why am I attached to this item?

This can be a tough question. However, if answered honestly you will be able to let go of things more easily. Does the item give you good or bad memories when you see it or hold it? How often do you interact with the item? It is fine to keep some special items like your first valentines card from your partner, your "first" wedding dress (really?) or your favourite childhood toy but where do we draw the line? You need to set boundaries about what and how much you will keep. Items that you just can't part with but you don't need to use can go into a Self Storage unit. You may wish to share these with your adult children one day. If you are unsure about an item then ask others for feedback like the ones you love. They will give you some honest answers and help you with the tough decisions. No matter how much space you create going through your stuff, it will be a walk down memory lane and a refreshing and cleansing experience. 

So what are you waiting for? 

Making the Most of Your Storage Unit.

After nearly 20 years in the self storage industry I have seen thousands of storage units and their contents. There are many reasons for needing self storage including: Divorce and separation storage, business archive storage, equipment storage, furniture storage, and household contents storage. Sometimes people are in between homes, de-cluttering their home for sale, have split up with a partner or are downsizing their home.

Often the need for storage is driven by a stressful and complicated event in your life. What often strikes me though is just how inefficiently people use their storage space. Given the often stressful surrounding circumstances it is probably no surprise that this happens.

In the heat of the moment the easy choice is to just grab everything and chuck it into storage. However, if you can take some time out to sort what you really need to store you will benefit in a number of ways.

  1. Firstly you will get rid of or cleanse yourself of items that you really no longer need.
    • There is no point in transferring unwanted items to a new home so take your chance to get rid of them.  
  2. You will save money on removal costs as you will be moving less items.
  3. You will save money on your storage space as you will need a smaller unit.
  4. You will be able to use your storage unit more effectively.

In my years of experience I have seen it countless times where people spend money storing items they don't want only to throw them out after a year in storage before going to the their new home.


Ensure that you make the most of your storage space by preparing properly for your move. Make sure that everything that can be is packed into strong storage boxes and are labelled correctly. Place your lounges and mattresses in specially designed covers that help protect them during your move and whilst in self storage. Number all of your boxes and make a list of the contents of each box so that if you need to grab something while in storage it will be easier for you. With 7 days access to your storage space you can choose when you want to come and get things out or put things in. Ensuring that your storage unit is tidy and well packed will help with this.


Think about how you will pack your storage unit so that you make the most of the space. If you are using a removalist they should be experts at this. However, you will need to let them know of items that you may need access to so they can be placed near the front. You should always put your larger items in first at the back and then put lighter items on top to ensure you use the height of the unit. The more height you can use the less floor space you will need and this will save you money as you only pay for floor space in self storage. You should ensure that all items are covered in some way to prevent marks and scratches while being placed into the storage unit. Putting Porta Robe Boxes at the front of the unit will help you if you need access to clothes while using storage.


When storing ensure you choose a facility with pin code access and good security to ensure your peace of mind. It is also recommended that you take insurance in this ever changing world of climate change etc.

By following some of this advice you will have a great economical and user friendly self storage experience. For further tips you can read our storage tips section of the web site.

If Big Box Self Storage can help further in any way please contact us.