There are a variety of reasons you might need a self-storage unit. Maybe you’re in the process of moving and you’re not sure how much furniture you’ll use in your new place. Or maybe you’ve inherited valuable items that you don’t have space for at home. Whatever the reason, you likely have other things on your mind, and it can be tempting to simply stack your boxes in your storage unit and call it a day. But taking the time to organize your items efficiently helps you in maximizing your storage unit and makes it much easier to find things and prevent them from getting lost or damaged.
Here are a few self-storage tips and tactics to assist you to get the most of your space if you’re not sure how to organize it.
If you have a basic game plan in place before you begin, organizing storage units will be a lot easier.
Make a list of objects you know you need to store if you have the time. You’ll be able to work out the most cost-effective way to stack and organize your boxes this way. Make a list of the items that are difficult to move because they are heavy, big, or awkward. You’ll probably want to put these goods at the bottom of your stacks after loading them into your unit.
When filling a storage unit, people often forget that they may need to return to recover specific items for various reasons.
Put items you’ll use frequently toward the front of your container. Also, name each box so you don’t have to sift through them to find what you’re looking for.
Putting big items in the storage unit first will help you gauge how much space you have for smaller items. Begin with the furniture, then the large/heavy boxes, and finally the smaller/lighter boxes. This prevents you from stacking big, bulky goods on top of delicate or small objects.
When storing furniture or appliances, put smaller things inside larger ones, such as dressers and cabinets, to save room. Why create more boxes when the space you already have may be used? The “Russian nesting doll” approach is occasionally referred to as such. A few suggestions are as follows:
Shelves not only make it easier to stack boxes vertically without sacrificing stability, but they also make it easier to reach boxes towards the bottom.
You may even create pathways through your stuff with shelving units, making it easier to find what you need. Just make sure the labels on your boxes are facing outward, away from any aisles you’ve established.
Shelving does not need to be expensive, but it must be durable. Metal or another robust, robust material that won’t bend or topple with the weight of your boxes is a good choice.
Stacking boxes of various shapes and sizes can be difficult. If all or most of your boxes are the same size, you can stack them in a grid to save space and avoid becoming a dangerous tower.
Small or medium-sized boxes are usually the most suitable. They simply fit on shelves and make it easier to find what you’re looking for inside each box. Large boxes are wonderful for keeping lighter objects, but they can become difficult to handle and arrange if they are filled with books or other heavier objects.
It’s a lot easier to keep track of everything in your unit if you have a detailed inventory of everything.
For starters, you’ll have record of everything in storage in case of a natural disaster, such as a flood or fire. This is especially critical if you’re going to store anything significant. Second, if you ever need to locate something and aren’t sure if it’s in storage or not, you can consult your inventory.
If you add or remove anything, make sure to update your list. This way, your inventory precisely reflects the contents of your unit, and you’ll have an easier time finding what you need.