It’s tempting to rush when you’re unloading items into a storage unit. After all, nobody lives for the thrill of stacking boxes (except for us, maybe, but we’re a self storage company). But hear us out: Taking the time to organize your storage unit will make your life sooo much easier. You’ll be able to find what you need, which will allow you to get in, get out and get back to your day faster.
First, rent a storage unit online. Next, check out these tips for organizing it when you move in:
Make an Aisle
Creating an aisle in your storage unit is the ultimate self storage life hack. Best of all, it’s super easy to do. When loading up your storage unit, make an aisle in the middle that leaves enough room for you to comfortably move from the front to the back. Doesn’t have to be big, doesn’t have to be fancy. Trust us, it’ll help you find items quickly.
This tip is especially great if you’re a business owner using self storage for an inventory, but it’s great for anyone who wants to be more organized. Ideally, you’ll be able to use a shelf you already have—a bookshelf, shelving from your garage—but you can find a wire shelving unit at any hardware store. Know your storage unit’s measurements before purchasing.
Same Size Boxes
Instead of using one big box and a million tiny ones, try to use boxes that are all the same size. This makes stacking and carrying easier, and it helps keep your storage unit organized. Many All Storage facilities offer on-site retail, so if you don’t have moving boxes already, you can purchase them directly from your storage facility.
A no brainer, but come on, it must be said. Label your boxes. And don’t just label your boxes as “stuff” or “junk.” Be detailed. Label them with what room they belong to, or take the time to actually list what is in each box. You’d be surprised by how many people skip this step. Guess what? Most of them end up regretting it.
Create an Inventory
Okay, so you’ve mastered the art of labelling boxes. Now you’re ready for some expert level self storage organizing. It’s time to create an inventory. Do this with Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel rather than on paper, that way you’ll never lose it. Simply number each box and then list that box’s number on your spreadsheet beside each item that is in that box. Next time you’re wondering where your winter sweater or your child’s artwork or your dog’s favorite toy is, you’ll know exactly where to look.
Put Expensive Items and Things You Don’t Need Frequent Access to in the Back
Here’s your new self storage mantra: If it’s valuable or seasonal, it goes in the back. Placing expensive items in the back of your storage unit will minimize the chances of them being taken in the rare event of a break-in. Placing items you don’t use frequently in the back is just common sense.
Put Things You Need Frequent Access to in the Front
On the opposite end of the spectrum, save prime real estate in your storage unit for items you need often. For example, if you store camping gear in your storage unit and take it out for weekend trips during the summer, you’re going to want those items to be easily accessible.
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