You’ve made the wise decision to remove the clutter in your home and hire a self-storage unit… But the state of your unit is now seemingly starting to resemble the clutter in your house. It’s useful to think of your self-storage unit as a giant closet or an extension to your home, which requires some proper planning and organization. Here we provide a few organisational tips to help you find your belongings with ease and get the most out of your storage space.
Same Size Boxes
While packing your items to go into self-storage consider sticking to only two box sizes. This will drastically help with the stacking and accessibility of your things when it comes to retrieving them later down the line. Boxes should be sturdy enough that the bottom box can withstand the weight of other boxes being stacked on it, but not so heavy it becomes a mission to remove when needed.
It’s easier and more time efficient to categorize your things when you’re packing especially if you think you may need them later on. Consider things you may need access to regularly such as:
- Winter clothing when going over seas
- Camping supplies
- Holiday decorations
- Children’s toys and clothing
For the remaining items, categorize them by room, activity or item size.
This may seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many people forget this important step. Label every single box for quick identification of the box number, the room it came from and the contents of the box. The more specific you are the easier your life will be in the future! Use a fresh permanent marker so the labels won’t rub off, and be sure to write neatly. If possible, use white label stickers as apposed to writing on the box itself.
As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”. Create a master contents list of every single item you have in storage in every single box along with the box number. This may seem excessive however the master list will really help you out when you need to find a certain item. Take a few moments to plot the layout of your unit, considering which items you think you’ll need to access more often. It will make future visits to your unit quick and easy. Consider taking a photo or drawing a layout of where each box is so you don’t get confused when it comes to locating the item you are looking for.
Consider an Upgrade
If you find yourself playing Tetris while narrowly navigating your way through your storage unit, brushing past walls and climbing over boxes, it may be time to consider upgrading to a larger unit. It’s important to always allow some distance between your items and the walls to allow proper air flow as well as to allow yourself access to your items without any hassle. Check out our unit sizes to find the right size for you and your belongings. Remember, the squeeze isn’t worth it!
Utilize these 5 steps and your future self will be thanking you for it. Although it may seem like a hassle especially if you already have your items in boxes, however the time spent now will reduce the energy and confusion rustling through your unmarked, disorganized goods. Trust us, it will be well worth the effort!