The way you organize your storage unit will not only determine how much you can store but also how easy it will be to get what you need every time you need it. If you're using a storage unit as an extension of your home or office because of insufficient space, you'll go to get things you need every so often. This article offers ideas to ensure this process is as smooth as possible, and also to ensure that you make the most of the space you've allocated to the unit.
1. Take inventory
It is best to have a list of everything you want to take to the storage unit even before you start looking for one. This list can help you determine things like unit size and type, security needs and whether or not climate control is necessary. Always choose a larger unit than you need, as you're likely to accumulate more as you go along. Your inventory list can also help you plan the space you have. Take note of awkwardly shaped items, fragile items, items to be accessed often and items that can be packed/stacked together.
2. Use labelled boxes
Boxes are ideal for fitting awkwardly-shaped items and related items, and then they can be stacked where possible to make better use of your space and protect your belongings. Using your inventory list, determine how many boxes you'll need and then label appropriately and indicate where they should go in the unit. This way, you can always go back to the list to find something you stored when you need it, rather than opening boxes at random until you find it.
3. Create a storage plan
The storage plan should consider the access frequency of the items that you store. Place the most frequently accessed items at the front and the least-accessed at the back. In addition, leave room for pathways to access as many of the items as possible so that you don't need to move and shift things when reaching for something at the back. Make sure you follow the plan during storage; if you make any changes because of practicality, ensure the changes are indicated in your plan.
4. Use rotation
If your storage unit isn't too heavily packed, you can rotate stored belongings according to need. For instance, place holiday decorations at the back after the holidays and bring swim-gear to the front during the summer. Rotation is also good for ensuring stored items get good air circulation, particularly if the unit isn't climate-controlled.