Get the most out of your storage space with these helpful tips from Sentinel Storage.
20 June 2018| Last updated on 19 January 2020
A self-storage unit is helpful for keeping a clean and tidy home because it allows you to place all your extra stuff somewhere safe and secure. But that doesn’t mean you should simply dump your things there and worry about them later!
To get the most out of your self-storage unit, you need to keep a system of organization. This way, you can (a) maximize the space, and (b) find your stuff faster when you need them. That said, here are some helpful hacks to get you started with organizing your space:
Put ‘em in boxes and label ‘em
Gather similar items together and carefully place them in specific and labelled boxes. This will make it easier to find what you need later on. It also helps in identifying which boxes contain fragile items that need careful handling.
List ‘em down
Don’t you just hate it when you can’t tell for sure whether you put your antique silver cutlery in your storage unit or not? Here’s a simple tip: List all the things you’re going to store in your storage unit! An inventory will help you keep track of what’s still kept inside your unit, and what you’ve taken out. So when you want to go camping again, you’ll know where to find your trekking and camping gear!
Put what you need up front
If you have sports equipment, seasonal clothing, camping gear, and holiday décor stored in your storage, best keep them near the entrance. This keeps you from having to rummage through piles of boxes to get what you came for.
Bottom heavy keeps things steady
If you’re keeping fragile items and heavy stuff together in your storage, keep this in mind – boxes of heavy items like furniture and mattresses go to the bottom of the pile, and lighter, more fragile items should be stored in boxes that go at the top of the pile. This keeps your piles of boxes from tumbling over and making a mess of your storage unit.
Lay it out, clear and simple
You shouldn’t feel like a lab rat in a maze every time you visit your storage unit. So before you even start, make sure you prepare a simple and organized layout for your space. Make it so that you can see where everything is placed, so you don’t have to shuffle through boxes to find what you’re looking for.
Important: Allocate enough walking space so you can get to the items at the back of your storage.
Get sturdy shelves
Shelves will save you valuable floor space and make boxes and labels easier to see, but make sure they’re sufficiently stable! Invest in some heavy-duty shelving, if you can, and save yourself from heartaches and headaches later on.
Do not keep hazardous items
This includes flammable, toxic, or dangerous substances that may cause accidents or some other harmful event. It’s not just for the safety of your belongings, but the well-being of the storage staff as well.