Organizing Your Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit and putting your items inside of it seems fairly self-explanatory, right? While just putting the items you’d like to store inside the unit is fine, if you go into this task with a plan for organizing your storage unit you will find that it is much easier to access the items when needed.

Some Tips on Organizing Your Storage Unit:

  1. Label everything- This is key for quick identification of what’s inside those boxes. Use a fresh black permanent marker so labels won’t fade away, and be sure to write legibly. Ideally, use white label stickers instead of writing directly on boxes.
  2. Keep a list of everything in the unit-  A written or typed list will prove useful. When you find yourself wondering where something is, you can quickly confirm it’s safe at the storage facility.
  3. Plan Your Layout- Take a few moments to plot the layout of your unit, considering which items you think you’ll need to access more often. Place items/boxes that you plan on accessing more often in the front of your unit. It will make future visits to your unit quick and easy.
  4. Place your heaviest items at the bottom- Sounds like a no-brainer, but important if you want to avoid getting crushed under an avalanche of toppling stacks of boxes. Don’t throw things in your unit without a plan in mind. Unbalanced stacks can cause havoc down the line.
  5. Store your items in plastic containers in order to avoid mold and mildew- Plastic bins will protect against these perils better than cardboard. Also consider adding a moisture-absorber for additional protection.
  6. Create a walkway in the unit so you can access items in back- Draw a blueprint of your unit and account for some space throughout for easy navigation when you visit later.
  7. Review your lease to make sure you’re not storing any prohibited items- Food, gasoline, and live animals are just a few examples. Double-check the lease before you finish moving in. The rules are there for a reason; it’s not worth the potential risks.

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