A storage unit can be a great way to expand your space and get clutter out of your home. Whether you need a mini storage unit, a climate controlled unit, or a standard 10-foot by 10-foot unit, self storage can give you precisely the right amount of space for an affordable price. However, anyone who has ever had a self storage unit can probably testify that it can grow into quite a beast if you don’t have a strong organizational strategy. A visit to your storage unit to retrieve only one item can become a daunting and frustrating task if it has been a while and you don’t remember exactly which box or bin contains that item. Here are some simple tips from our self storage in Charlottesville of organizational strategies that could work for you.
1. Put the big things in first.
If you have large items like a washer and dryer, dining room table, or couch that you’re storing, start by putting those things in first. Then you’ll have a good idea of what amount of space you have left for smaller items.
2. Think in terms of aisles.
If you pack your space solid, then in order to get to that bottom box in the back corner, you’ll have to remove ALL of the other boxes. Trust us, this is an exhausting thing to do, and you won’t want to do it twice. Instead, if you have a 10-foot by 10-foot unit, create a single row of boxes on both the left-hand and right-hand side of your storage unit, and then create a double row of boxes down the center. This way, when you raise the garage door to your unit, you’ll have two free aisles that will be just wide enough to walk into, and you’ll be able to access every box.
3. Shelves are your friend.
A set of sturdy shelving units can seem like a lot of money, but once you have them in your storage unit, you’ll never be sorry you splurged. Of course, you CAN stack your boxes from floor to ceiling, but again, when it comes time to retrieve an item from that box on the bottom row, you will have to remove all the boxes on top of it. Shelves save you from having to do this.
4. Use uniform-size bins or totes.
Plastic bins or totes last longer, are sturdier, and are more resistant to bugs, rodents, and moisture than cardboard boxes. Plus, obtaining the right number of uniform-sized bins all at one time will save you from the headache of fitting together the puzzle of odd sizes of boxes and bins.
5. Number your boxes.
If you really want to go granular, use a spreadsheet to log the contents of each numbered box. That way, from anywhere in the world, you’ll be able to search for the item by name in your spreadsheet (e.g. “headlamps” or “snorkeling gear” or “family photos”) and then send a person to your storage unit, straight to the correct numbered box for that item.
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