If you look at self storage units simply as a place to pile your stuff, it’s time for a little mental overhaul (and you probably need to clean out your storage space, too).
One of the things we really try to push back against is the “store it and ignore it” mentality at storage facilities. Look at storage rentals like this:
- Self storage is like adding an extra room to your home.
- More storage space means a more comfortable life for you and your family.
In other words, treat that space with respect! Plus, it’s a lot easier to find important possessions when you know where to look.
Here are some ways to take full advantage of your self storage unit.
Storage space: A place for everything, and everything in its place
Take advantage of extra space. If it fits your budget, consider a storage unit just a tad larger than what you currently need. Extra space allows for easier movement within that storage space — and if you’re packing seasonal items, like grills or skis, the additional storage space can be very valuable.
Unexpected situations may cause you to need room for items you hadn’t anticipated storing. Your son just graduated from college and decided to move home? Looks like you’re going to have to find room in the storage unit for that big-screen TV, dad. Sorry.
Make the necessary arrangements. Aisles are key in effectively utilizing your storage space. In other words, it’s tough to get to the stuff in the back if you have to crawl over a mountain of items to get there. This is also a great way to damage your possessions or even injure yourself.
Boxes or cartons that you need to access most frequently — seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, and beverage coolers spring to mind — should be closest to the aisle. Works of art, family heirlooms, furniture, and other valuable, rarely-moved or used items can stay off the beaten path of your storage space.
Label, label, label. It’s happened to all of us. We move, or we put items into storage, and we fail to label a box, either forgetting outright or telling ourselves that we’ll easily remember where it is and what’s inside. The time comes when we need that box, and it may as well be invisible.
Attach labels to every container. Label what’s inside the box or tote an item and whether the contents are fragile. make sure the label is facing outward (an easy thing to overlook when you’re in a hurry).
Materials are an issue. Sturdy boxes — the kind you get from your storage retailer, not the kind you get from the produce department at the grocery store — are great for packing away items in your storage space.
Ideally, keep your boxes off of the concrete floor, which will cause stress to the bottom of the container and can eventually cause damage. Plastic totes are great for storage, as well.
Durable packing tape is a must when storing boxes long-term. Bubble pack is not just fun to play with — it’s also a really important tool to keep your fragile items safe from jostling.
Storage rentals are meant to help organize your life and belongings. Take full advantage of your storage space, and make sure you visit often — your stuff misses you.