It’s a strange conundrum: You rented a storage unit because your closet at home is stuffed with clutter, and now your storage unit is equally overflowing. It happens to the best of us, but there is a solution. You just need to organize your storage unit so that you are maximizing the space that’s available to you. The key is to use your storage unit for things you actually need, leave an aisle that allows you to get to your items, and have a general understanding of where everything is.
Don’t worry if that sounds like a lot. Let’s break it down into manageable steps that anyone can take to make the most out of the space inside a storage unit. Whether you’re renting a 5x5 or a 10x20, these can make a huge difference.
Use a Size Guide to Make Sure You’re Renting the Right Storage Unit in the First Place
It’s time for a hard truth. If you’re renting a 4x5 storage unit and you need to fit everything from your two-bedroom apartment inside, no amount of organizing is going to help you. Use our size guide to ensure that you are renting the right storage unit for your needs. You can always upgrade or downgrade your storage unit size as your needs change.
Declutter Before You Pack
Your storage unit should be used for things you actually use but do not have space for at home. This might include seasonal items like holiday decorations, a crib you’re saving in case you want to grow your family, and that ugly sweater your grandmother gave you that you only wear when she comes to visit. Before you pack up your stuff for self storage, declutter by asking yourself if you have used each item in the last year. You can also use the Marie Kondo method. Donate, recycle, or sell the things you don’t need.
Disassemble Furniture When Possible
If you can disassemble a piece of furniture without damaging it, do so. This is a huge space-saver. Be sure to keep all pieces together. You may want to keep screws and tools in a plastic bag that is either taped to the piece of furniture or labeled accordingly. Don’t forget to keep the instructions so you know how to assemble it again when the time comes. If you’re uncomfortable disassembling furniture on your own, look for a moving company that offers this service.
Vacuum Pack Clothing
Do you have a lot of clothes? Forget the roll-up method and take things to the next level by vacuum packing clothing (P.S. This works for some other items too!). Be aware that this method isn’t ideal for long-term clothing storage and might not be advisable for any type of clothing that needs to keep its structure, such as dresses with boning.
Things will be looking up—literally—when you maximize the vertical storage space inside your storage unit. Utilize shelving in your storage unit to make use of wall space and to better organize your items. This is especially helpful if you’re a small business owner using a storage unit for your inventory. Talk to the self storage manager at your facility before installing any shelving or other vertical storage space that involves making changes to the actual material of the storage unit.
Use Similar Sized Boxes
Storage units often become crowded and cluttered as a result of too many different sizes of boxes. It’s like a game of Tetris that you just can’t win. Try to use boxes that are all the same size. You can usually buy these directly from your storage facility. As an added bonus, using a large number of medium sized boxes keeps them at a weight that you can actually carry.