The weather is getting warmer and you’re ready to break out the lawn furniture. Or maybe the holidays are upon you and your excited to make your house look festive. But suddenly you realize you moved things into a storage unit to clear space in your home and you’ll need to pay a visit to the storage facility to get the items you need. When renting a storage unit, keeping it neat and organized can reduce stress whenever you need to access your belongings. If you don’t organize, things can become cluttered and it can be easy to forget what you’ve stored or where you placed it.
Here are a few simple steps to take to help organize a storage unit.
- Use labels – Clearly label boxes and containers with the contents for easy identification. Use bold, permanent markers rather than pens so the ink will last and be clear to see. This will avoid having to open boxes later to figure out where you packed that one thing you’re looking for.
- Make a list – Write down every item you will be storing. If you labeled your boxes as suggested in the prior tip, it will make this process a little smoother. You could also make a visual inventory by taking photos as you load the unit, and again after the move-in is complete. Keep the list and photos in a place you can remember, perhaps with other important documents.
- Create a map – If you are storing many things in a large unit, drawing a storage unit map will save confusion when you revisit in search of a specific item. A closet-sized unit may not require a detailed map, but something as simple as which items are located upon which wall can come in handy later on. Keeping this map in your unit will allow you to reference it whenever you visit.
- Organize in sections – Keep like items in the same area of the unit. Things that won’t need to be retrieved often could move toward the back, while items you’ll want to access on a regular basis can be closer to the front. All sporting equipment could go on one side, furniture or appliances near the back, clothing in another area and books along the floor near items that won’t move often.
- Use like-sized plastic containers – Boxes and containers of the same size will stack easier than trying to place various sizes on each other. When the same size, they’ll be less likely to topple over which could cause damage to the items or injuries to anyone in the unit. Try not to pack the containers too heavy. They should be full, but not difficult to carry. Heavier boxes should be placed on the bottom of stacks when being moved into the storage unit. Also, try using rubber or plastic totes instead of cardboard as they are more durable and can add an extra layer of protection against the elements or pests.
- Keep a walkthrough – Allow space between items so you can easily walk around the unit to get to items located in the back or along the sides. Items that are larger and more difficult to move are best placed along the sides of the unit. Smaller things that can easily be moved could be stored in the middle.
- Use shelves – Using shelves along the perimeter of the storage unit is a great way to utilize vertical space. These will be especially helpful with odd-shaped or fragile items and things you would like to keep off the ground.
Following these storage unit organization ideas can help make getting into and out of your unit a smooth process. You can prevent tripping over boxes or misplacing items. You’ll be able to find the things you’re looking for quickly. Plus, you won’t feel like you’ve walked into an episode of Hoarders every time you open the storage unit door.
STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage has storage units near you in a variety of sizes to help keep your belongings stored in an organized fashion. Contact our experienced resident managers at one of our 22 locations to discuss which unit size may be best for you. We look forward to hearing from you!