If you've decided to rent a storage unit to help you organize and store your excess belongings, it's important to know how important good organization is. If you have trouble with organizing things and your closets are a jumbled mess, you know how difficult it is to find something when you need it.
Avoid that situation with your storage unit. When it's organized, you can pick up anything you need without having to open several boxes to find it. Here are three organizational tips for your rented storage unit.
1. Use Shelves And Clothing Racks
If possible, place inexpensive shelves along both sides and the back of the storage unit so you can leave the middle open to access all the shelves easily. Just check the weight of the shelves to make sure they can hold heavy boxes. You might want to put clothing racks along one wall if you prefer to hang your clothes rather than pack them in boxes.
2. Buy Storage Totes Of The Same Size
You can buy both small and large storage totes, but buy small ones of the same size so they stack well on the shelves. You may need to stack some big storage totes on the floor, so if they're all the same size, you won't have to worry about them being unstable and falling over. Clear totes are nice since you can see what's inside them, but it's still a good idea to use a marker and write the contents on the side of the tote.
If you buy solid-colored tote boxes, consider using different colors for different rooms so you know at a glance which boxes contain items from your kitchen or your child's bedroom. Knowing where to start looking for what you want helps your storage unit stay tidy and the contents of your boxes stay neat and orderly.
Plastic storage boxes are better than cardboard since cardboard might attract dampness and cause your things to grow mildew if your storage unit doesn't have climate control. However, if you prefer to use cardboard boxes, consider buying moving boxes so they have a uniform size and stack properly.
3. Put Seasonal Items In The Back
Since you'll only need to get seasonal items out once each year, you can place them in boxes and stack them in the back or along the walls so they are out of the way. Keep things toward the front that you're likely to get out often or that you'll need the soonest.
If you rent a self-storage unit that's outdoors, you can drive up to the door and access your things easily. This makes your storage unit more useful since you can get what you need whenever you want to.
However, when you take time to organize all of your things and keep them organized, you'll find what you need in a hurry rather than be frustrated with not being able to find anything in a jumble of sacks and boxes.
Contact a storage unit facility for more information.