Imagine you see on the news that the weather is about to plummet into freezing temperatures, just for you to remember that your winter clothes are in your self-storage unit. As the temperature falls, you have to get to your unit to dig through boxes and find your winter sweaters and boots.
As you are digging around, a stack of boxes comes tumbling down beside you. You now have a mess to clean up while you still have to look for your winter clothes. Finally! You get everything situated just to realize that you’ll have to do it all again in a few weeks because all of your holiday decorations are tucked away in your unit.
Here are a few tips for storing your items in a manner that will make it easy to access frequently no matter the time of the year:
Identify items that you may need to access
Gathering the items that you will need access to will help you to be able to organize them together in groups. Seasonal items tend to be the things that most people need frequent access to in their unit. Examples of items that you may need to retrieve frequently are winter or summer clothes, holiday decorations, tools, office reports and hobby supplies.
Plan a layout for your storage unit
Putting thought into how you would like to store your items in your unit can come in handy in the long run. Gathering all of your furniture and putting it against one wall and putting your stacked boxes against another, leaving a walkway in the middle of your storage unit is ideal for an organized layout. By doing this, you can access your boxes and furniture without worry or extra hassle. If you happen to need more space for storing your items and need to place things in the middle, place items that can be moved easily.
Label each box in your storage unit
A few tips for labeling boxes in your storage unit include labeling them with the names of the contents of the box, the room it belongs to or even by numbering the boxes. Being as detailed as possible with what is stored in your boxes will be beneficial in the long run too.
Use shelves or stack boxes
Getting shelves to store sturdy items along the wall of your storage unit can help to fully optimize space. If you choose to not use shelves, stack your boxes in a neat manner. Stack them starting from the back and working your way to the front. The boxes that you will need most often should be towards the front. Larger, heavier boxes should be on the bottom and lighter boxes should be stacked on top to help avoid hazards.
At Beltline and Security Stor-Alls, we take great effort in making sure our customers are taken care of. We want to help you make the most out of your self-storage unit. If you have questions about our tips or if you would like to communicate with our storage specialists, contact our team any day of the week at (251) 278-2968 or (251) 660-0366.