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Published On: Thu, Oct 11th, 2018

9 Tips to Organize Your Storage Unit

Many might see organizing storage units as a very frustrating task; yet it is one of the most important things if you want to bring in some order into your life. By following a few simple tips, you can actually make this task fun and efficient. In exchange, you get an organized storage unit that you can access in an easy and hassle-free way.

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Here are 9 tips that can help you organize your storage unit in the best way possible:

Pick same-size boxes for most of your items

Small or medium size boxes would be great to store most of your belongings. But when you choose them all in the same size you will be able to stack them up easily and remove them in case you need to take out anything.

Sort items based on your use

There would be lots of things that you may not use regularly, especially the seasonal items. You will have to store them; but you may not have to access them every once in a while. Sort your stuff in the following categories:

  • Winter clothing
  • Summer clothing
  • Office Documents
  • Holiday items (costumes, bakeware, decorations)
  • Tools and hobby supplies
  • Kids toys (ones they get bored of when they get new ones)
  • Trip supplies (sleeping bags, tents, cookout utensils, sleds, snorkeling gear, etc.)

Label every box as you pack

Every box that you pack needs to have a label on top of it and at least one on the side with a unique box number on it. The label needs to have details such as the contents and the room that it came from.

Have a master contents list ready

The contents of each and every box have to be detailed along with the box number on a sheet of paper. If you are worried about losing this master’s list, you can keep it digital on your phone.

Have a layout for your storage unit

A storage unit is something you will have to access frequently. Unless you put some thought into how you are going to pack it, there are chances that you might end up with all your stuff coming out of it. Have a plan on what goes where and leave some space for access.

If you have too many things to store upgrade to a larger unit

Trying to pack every square inch of your storage unit like a “Tetris Master” may not work when it comes to retrieving things. You will need enough space through the middle of your unit to access things easily. To buy larger storage units all that you need to do is run an online search on storage units San Diego.

Think shelves and stacks

If you are thinking of a long-term storage solution you can consider placing sturdy shelves along the wall of your storage unit. Else you can think of stacking the boxes. The boxes that you need to access frequently should be the last ones to go inside your storage unit. Follow a brick-wall pattern; put heavier and larger boxes down and the lighter ones on the top.

You will need a map of your belongings put up where you can see it

While storing things there are boxes that may not be in your view. So you would need a map that tells you where things are. A hand drawn sketch should be fine. Make sure the map contains all the box numbers and its items.

Be ready to unpack if you have to

There are chances that you may be left with a couple of unlabeled boxes into which you have filled whatever you may have found. If there are a few of these don’t hesitate to repack them. You might have to spend some time; but you are going to save a lot of it later.

Author: Nataliya Stefanus

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