Self Storage Unit

How to organize your self storage unit for easy access.

If you have reached the point of needing supplemental storage for your household items, there is something very important you should know about storage units. They fill up fast. Not only that, but they quickly become an abyss of lost and found. You lose your sanity in the search for that one thing, and after what seems like hours of searching, you finally find it. Check out these tips on organizing your self-storage unit for easy access.

It starts with the packing.

An organized unit requires an organized process. Label all storage items in detail, being vigilant in labeling both sides and top of boxes or wrapped items. You can’t find it if you don’t know where it is. Use sturdy boxes that are the same size and easily stacked.

Take charge by making a plan.

Don’t let the storage unit run this show; you are the boss. It might be tempting to think of a wide open space as fair game and more than enough, but don’t be fooled. Carefully lay out what is going in the unit and where then arrange it to be transported according to how the unit will be loaded.

Items that will not be needed should be located at the back of the unit and packed for transport last. Heavy pieces of furniture or equipment should be dismantled to save space, but depending on how quickly you will need it, have it loaded and placed accordingly. First off the truck becomes first in the storage unit, creating a smooth transition when following a plan.

Prepare the space.

It is advisable to thoroughly sweep out your unit prior to leaving your items. It’s also advised to use pallets to cover floor area to prevent insects or rodents from creating a home under your boxes. Also, it is recommended to place moisture absorbers, mothballs and rat bait in corners or key locations within the unit. This is especially true in non-climate controlled units.

Utilize existing shelving.

If you have storage shelving, use it! If you can create temporary shelving for your unit, it gives you an advantage in maximizing space. Smaller items that you would like to have instant access too are perfect for shelving, and you don’t sacrifice any room below for additional boxes or items.

Stack your boxes according to need and location.

While stacking your boxes, be sure to place the heaviest boxes on the bottom. However, do not stack them so tall there is danger in the stack collapsing. Keep boxes stacked and grouped according to a location in the home.  Working your way from least needed at the back of the unit to what you anticipate will be most frequently accessed toward the front entrance of the unit. Have all labeling faced outward and easily read.

Store items vertically if at all possible.

Mirrors and frames should be stored vertically-never flat. Not only does having them lay flat take up valuable floor space; you increase the chance of having the, damaged through weight-bearing or accidental misstep.

Create passageways or aisles for easy navigation.

Even though you might be feeling pressed for space, be sure to leave passageways through the unit. For some, leaving a foot or two gap on the perimeter around the unit is a way to move through larger units without disturbing stacked goods. Make sure you allow space between rows of boxes in order to easily access items that have been stacked.

Create a master content list.

Keep a list of everything that went into your storage unit, as well as a map the general location for items.  There are smartphone apps to help with this, and you can even print off labels for the items listed! This will make it easier for you to retrieve items as needed.

A storage unit is a great solution when you discover you have too much stuff for your present location. But, if you aren’t organized and proactive in maximizing and efficiently using the space, you might find yourself wishing you had taken a load of items to the Goodwill. Avoid a headache by following these tips, but reach out to our team at Good Guy Movers for expert advice and experienced assistance.