To maximize the benefits of your self-storage, you need to make sure it is well organized and maintained so you can quickly find and access things whenever you need them.
- Secure your things in boxes & label them
Group similar items and place them carefully inside boxes. Label the boxes so it’s easier for you to find your stuff when you need to use them again. Marking boxes is particularly helpful for indicating those that contain fragile items.
- Make an inventory of the items you’ll be storing
Can’t remember if you’ve put the silver cutlery you received as a wedding gift in your self-storage unit? Making a list of items you’re keeping in storage can help you avoid situations like this. An inventory allows you to track things easily and keep your belongings in check. So the next time you need your tent, sleeping bags or BBQ grill, you know where to find them!
- Place frequently used items near the entrance of your unit
Bulky winter clothes, seasonal clothing, sports equipment, camping gear, and holiday decorations are just some of the items you might need to store in the front area of your unit. This way, you won’t have a hard time going through all your stuff just to find and get what you need.
- Fragile on top, heavy on the bottom
Heavy items such as furniture, shelves and extra mattresses should be placed inside boxes that will be placed at the bottom of your stack. This strategy also allows you to use the heavier items as a sturdy foundation for the boxes you’ll be placing on top of them. Ideally, lighter items should be stored in the boxes or containers you’ll be putting at the top.
- Plan a sensible and easily accessible layout
Your self-storage unit should definitely not be a maze. Before you head on to your self-storage unit, start visualizing your space and how you’ll be arranging your things. As much as possible, plan a layout that enables you to see all your stuff so you save on time trying to find where things are located. Make sure your layout also gives you enough walking space to reach items even at the back.
- Use stable and smartly designed shelves
If you want to further improve the way your items are stored, you can invest in sturdy shelves that will hold your containers and boxes. Using shelves helps you maximize every available space in your unit, including the wall space, while keeping everything within sight and in order.
- Do not keep hazardous items
A friendly reminder: Never store flammable and/or hazardous materials inside your unit to prevent fire and other unpleasant incidents. Remember that it’s not just for your safety and the protection of your possessions, but also for the well-being of others.