Imagine you’ve planned a last minute holiday and need to grab your cold weather gear and skis from your self-storage unit. Perhaps you have family coming for a holiday and need to transform your home office into a guest room for the week. The last thing you want to do is dig through a messy storage unit, especially when time is of the essence.
Maintaining an organized self-storage unit from the beginning is essential for when you want to remove your items from storage. After all, the whole point of your self-storage unit was to become more organized in the first place!
Here are five tips from the self-storage professionals at Morespace to help you organize your unit for quick, easy, and stress-free access to your belongings when you need them.
1. Select One Box Size
Same-size boxes will help you stack your items for easy accessibility. While small or medium boxes will work for most of your items, larger boxes are excellent for things that aren’t heavy.
If you decide to use a variety of box sizes, be sure to place the larger boxes on the bottom. Just be sure that they can hold the load of boxes you place on top. For example, if a larger box has glass items, you would not want to place a small box full of heavy books on top.
2. Think About the Items You Will Need Frequently
As you load and organize your storage unit, consider which items you will remove frequently. Carefully consider what you may need while your items are in storage, paying extra attention to seasonal or sports items. Load items you will use frequently towards the front of your storage
Items to consider when organizing your self-storage unit:
Holiday supplies (tents, snorkeling gear, sleds, skies, etc.)
Children's toys (many parents rotate their children's toys and remove boxes of "new" toys from storage when their children become bored with their everyday items)
Office items and documents
3. Label Every Box
When it comes to creating an organized storage unit, labeling is essential! Be sure to label every box on the top and on the front of the box. This will help you locate the contents of the box at a later date. Every box should be labeled with a unique number, room it came from, and the contents of the box. You can even place a special mark on boxes you might need to access at a later date. Be as detailed as possible when it comes to the contents of the box (i.e., office documents 2017).
4. Create a Master List
Remember how we suggested you should place a unique number on every box you place in storage? Now it's time to put that number to use! Create a numbered master list of your storage unit contents. Write down all of the contents of each box along with the box number on paper to the corresponding box number.
While this may seem like a time-consuming step, you'll be thankful when it comes time to remove specific items from your storage unit. Regardless of whether you write your list on paper or a digital file, your master list will be very helpful when you need to find a specific item.
5. Consider Upgrading to a Larger Storage Unit
While you want to make use of every aspect of your storage unit, you need to be able to get to your items when you need them. If your current storage unit is packed to the brim, additional space provides room for shelving units and a path through the middle of your unit for easy access to most of your belongings.
At Morespace, we provide modern storage facilities centrally located in Dubai. Our affordable units are secure, temperature controlled, dust free, and pest controlled. Whether you need a storage unit for a few months or for long-term storage, we've got you covered. Contact a member of our team to learn more. We look forward to helping you organize your life.
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