How to Organize a Corrigan Cube Like a Pro
1. Create a list of all inventory
When placing a lot of items in storage, it’s difficult (if not – impossible!) to remember all of them. While large furniture pieces, such as a bed or sofa, are easy to remember, smaller items (think: artwork, pictures, electronics and clothes) are oftentimes forgotten after months (or possibly years) in storage. To keep everything straight, you’re going to need to create and maintain a list of all items stored inside. As you begin the packing process, we recommend recording each item in a spreadsheet. Taking photos of stored items is also a great way to keep up with what’s in your storage Cube. Be sure to save all photos and inventory descriptions in one place. If you have more than one, be sure to organize them by using the Cube number located on the outer wall, bottom corner.
2. Consider storing items inside clear bins instead of cardboard boxes
Don’t get us wrong: cardboard boxes are completely okay to use in storage and when moving. In fact, Corrigan typically recommends them over bins for moves, especially when travelling long distance. They also tend to be less expensive than plastic bins. However, plastic bins make it much easier to keep track of what’s inside your storage Cube. In our opinion, they are often worth the extra few bucks if your belongings will be in Cube storage for extended periods. Unlike opaque cardboard boxes, clear plastic bins make it possible to see what’s inside a container without having to dig through it. This will make it easier and faster to locate what you need when you need it.
3. Disassemble furniture and store items upright
To maximize space and organize more efficiently, disassemble large furniture items prior to placing them in storage. This includes taking apart headboards, bed frames and mattresses as well as disassembling table legs – among other items. We recommend storing individual items in a vertical position (except for mattresses, which should be stored lying flat, especially those with memory foam). By storing furniture, such as headboards, upright and on the side, you’ll open up more floor space for other items.
4. Store large, heavy items on the bottom
As you begin packing items inside the storage unit, start with large, heavy belongings such as furniture and heavy boxes. Place them as the bottom layer of the storage unit. Remember: unless you want to crush smaller and/or lighter boxes, heavy items should always be stored on the bottom of the storage Cube. This creates a stable base for lighter items.
5. Place items you may need to access while in storage toward the front
Chances are, there are some items you plan on using more frequently than others. For instance, that extra bed you no longer have room for likely won’t see the light of day for a while – whereas seasonal clothing such as heavy coats, boots, hats, flip flops and swimsuits may be needed before you’re ready for the entire Cube to be re-delivered. While you won’t need these items every day, you will be making trips to the storage Cube to retrieve them at least once a year. These types of belongings should be placed toward the front of your storage Cube in well-labeled boxes or bins. Placing them in an easy-to-reach spot near the door will save you the trouble of having to dig through mountains of boxes every time you access your storage Cube.
6. Utilize your Cube’s tie down rings
There are 16 strategically placed rings throughout your Cube along smooth interior walls. You want to secure large heavy items like headboards and appliances or items on wheels like free standing toolboxes. Items break when they shift or move, or more commonly, small items break when the larger ones shift and move. This is especially helpful if you’re not filling your Cube to capacity.
You can secure the contents to the back portion of the Cube, preventing items from shifting forward and pressing on the roll top door during pick up and delivery. Adding a large piece of cardboard will also keep smaller items from falling forward.
Not sure what to use?
Ratchet straps bind boxes, furniture, luggage, appliances, and even vehicles together. And they’re not just for moving—you can use your straps to secure gear on top of your car on your next camping trip too.
Ratchet straps are stronger, more dependable, and more secure than bungee cords, rope ties, or other tie-down methods. Look for ones with polyester webbing—they last longer than nylon straps.
Tie-downs are basically glorified ropes that help prevent furniture from shifting.
Nylon rope is affordable, and you can get it at most hardware stores. Our vote is for ¼-inch nylon rope—it’s the strongest and most dependable width for moving, and it gets the best reviews.
Avoid twine and braided rope like a giant pothole. These materials are weaker and have a rep for breaking during transit.
7. Label, label, label
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to label every box and bin inside your storage Cube. You may think you’ll remember where you put those family photo albums – but trust us – you won’t. Especially if they’ve been sitting in storage for a long period of time. Label every box clearly with either a permanent marker or printed labels. Make sure the labeled part of the box is facing the front of the storage Cube, so you’ll see it upon entering.
When renting a storage Cube, don’t forget to also:
- Find out what you can and can’t store inside. See a complete list here: https://corrigancube.com/resources/non-allowables/
- Use quality packing supplies.
- Thoroughly clean your items prior to placing them inside.
- Ensure you do not place anything wet, damp, or moldy inside. This will cause continued mold growth.
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