When many of us first get our storage units we are pretty good about making sure that everything is labeled and organized but over time when things come out and then go back into the storage unit, a lot of the time things get mixed up and slowly but surely the organization falls into chaos. It can be difficult to keep a constant state of organisation with our self storage unit but here are a few tips and tricks to hopefully make the process a little bit easier.
1. Put your things into categories- First thing first is to come up with general categories and areas were things are going to be so that you know where to even begin looking. Often people think that labeling the boxes will be enough but if you have to look at twenty or thirty boxes to find the one that says winter jackets you are going to in for a lot more work and frustration than you wanted. Make general areas of things like furniture, seasonal, outdoor, shell collection, diving gear, kitchen stuff, whatever the big categories for your particular storage unit will be. Then when you put these groups of things into the storage unit consider how often you will probably need to get the things (don’t put all your winter coats in the very back where you have to climb over tables and chairs to get to) and try to keep the big things to the back as much as possible. Then find a way to generally remember the order of your storage unit or put something on the wall to remind you that winter things are in the front left corner, kitchen things are under winter things and whatever else.
2. Once you have made an area for everything in your storage unit, now is the time to label like mad. Remember, do not label the tops of boxes, no one is going to see that when you stack them. It may be a lot of work but the best thing to do is to label the box from multiple angles so you always can see what the box is labeled.
3. Invest in shelving. I know a lot of people do not want to pay anything more than they already have to with their storage unit but shelving will really save you an incredible amount of hassle and probably save a lot of your possessions as well. It is a lot easer to get to your boxes when they are on shelves since you do not have to one by one take everything on top of that box out. If you ever go to your storage unit to get something and it is terribly hot and sunny or cold and rainy, you will be incredibly happy to be in and out of there as soon as possible. Not stacking up all of your boxes also means that hopefully the things that are inside of the boxes will have a better chance at surviving their time in the storage unit since they will not be crushed under the weight of everything else you own.