When planning a move, you’ll soon realize that you don’t need all your stuff. This I where the need for a storage unit arises. These storage units provide a solution to those in need of temporary or long-term storage before, during and after a move. Self-storage is both a science and an art. Doing it properly and with some thought will ensure that you don’t lose track of what you have. If you are not sure how to organize a storage unit, we’re here to help.
Here are tips to help ensure success in using your self-storage unit
- LABEL YOUR BOXES
Place stickers or labels on your boxes. Use a visible permanent marker to label them. This is to ensure you know exactly what item is in each box, so as to easily locate the items you require in a matter of minutes. If the box contains fragile items, ensure that you label the boxes using “fragile” stickers. Make sure the labeled part of the box is facing the front of the storage unit, to be seen upon entry.
- CREATE A LIST OF ALL INVENTORY
If you are placing a lot of items into the storage unit, especially if they are in boxes. It is very difficult to remember all of them. You can make a list before you start packing your belongings into the storage unit and afterwards create a new list when you’re loading your possessions into the unit. This is to ensure that you don’t miss any item in the previous list. Taking of pictures of your possessions is also a great way to know what is in your storage unit. It is also advisable to create a ‘map ‘indicating where your items are located inside the unit.
- STORE ITEMS UPRIGHT AND DECONSTRUCT FURNITURE
To maximize space and organize more efficiently, you need to deconstruct large furniture items before placing them in the self-storage unit. This entails, taking apart bedframes, mattresses, headboards, detach legs from tables, stools and utensil racks. Storing these individual items vertically is preferable. They should be placed towards the back of the storage unit. This makes the storage unit more spacious, making room for more items. If your tables don’t deconstruct, place a reasonable load of boxes on top of it.
- USE PALLETS ON THE GROUND
Before putting pallets in your storage unit, make sure to clean the unit’s floor thoroughly. Place the pallets on the floor before arranging your boxes. This is to ensure that rats, ants or termites don’t make homes underneath your boxes. This also helps incase water leaks into the storage unit.
- MAINTAIN ACCESIBILITY
The most important thing is not to stack boxes upon boxes so high. Make an isle to allow you easily access a box without having to move a box out of the way. Stack boxes in such a way that each box can be easily accessed.
- PUT HEAVY ITEMS ON THE BOTTOM
When moving your items into the storage unit, start with large items, such as furniture and heavy boxes. Place them towards the back of the storage unit. This will create a strong base for your lighter items.
- SAVE SPACE
Create more space in your storage unit by using hollow areas of big furniture. For example, you can put in a box or two inside a wardrobe.