How to Organize Your Self-Storage Unit

Self Storage Tips

Ryan Moore
September 29th, 2021

When renting a self-storage unit, the organization is key. Some people rent storage units to declutter their lives, only to have a unit that is as clutter as their homes were. Taking the time beforehand to make a plan on how you want to organize your belongings will help you be able to access them when you need them, as well as know what is inside at all times. Here we’ll take you step-by-step on how to organize and make the most out of your self-storage unit so that you can find your de-cluttered bliss.
Start By Making A List Of Your Items
Creating a list of your inventory of stored items will keep you organized in your unit and know what is inside. Many people recommend making a spreadsheet so you can first name all your items and then put a note of where they are stored in the unit.
Consider Your Storage Materials
Although your first instinct might be to use the classic brown box, it is easier to see what’s inside if you use clear plastic bins. Along with their organizational use, they are also a safer choice when it comes to protecting your items from mold and water damage. If you have rented a large storage unit, you may consider purchasing steel shelves. This allows you to build vertically without having to move all your boxes every time you need to access the bottom one.
Another item you may consider investing in is a label maker, that way you can label each box with its contents. If you wanted to go above and beyond, you should label your boxes with a letter that coordinates in your spreadsheet, and then works alphabetically in your layout, A being towards the front and Z being towards the back. If that sounds like too much, don’t worry, simply knowing what is inside each box will help you to stay organized.
Placement of Items Is Key
The more often you intend to use an item, the closer it should be to the front. For example, holiday decorations which are only needed once a year should be stored at the back, so that you don’t have to constantly keep moving them around to reach your other belongings. Along with this same idea, items that are heavy or bulky shouldn’t be stored in the front because they can block access to other things. If you do have to move things around when you need them, it’s much easier to do with small compact items.
When In Doubt Store It Vertically
All furniture and household items that can be broken down, should be, the pieces will be smaller and more manageable if they aren’t still intact. This also helps protect against your furniture breaking and having to be thrown away. Items such as this should be stored on their side upright. This gives you room to walk around the unit and have access to what you’ve stored in your unit within the storage facility.

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