Self storage organization can be frustrating. It’s very much like a game of Tetris, trying to fit all of your possessions in a small space! Over the years, we’ve learned quite a few tips, tricks, and techniques to make using a storage unit even easier.
7 Tips to Organize Your Storage Unit
1. Use Small Boxes When Possible
Large boxes become too heavy and unwieldy fast. It’s a lot easier to deal with lots of small boxes rather than fewer big ones that are too heavy to lift. As a rule, try to keep all boxes under 50 pounds to make sure they’re manageable.
2. Label Everything
Label all of your boxes and items clearly and carefully, using a permanent marker to write down the contents on top top and side of each box so they’re easy to identify. Consider creating a spreadsheet with more detailed notes on what each box holds, so post-move if you’re frantic for a measuring cup, say, you’ll know exactly where to find it.
3. Keep Things Together
Keep your furniture parts, screws, bolts, and other little hardware bagged and taped to the underside of the piece with which they belong. Cords that go with any electrical items should be coiled and taped to the device too.
4. Use Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Even thought garbage bags are good for things like linens and clothes, regular garbage bags rip pretty easily the minute you start filling them up. The thicker, heavier bags make all the difference to avoid tearing.
5. Organize Your Packing
To stay organized, and to make it easier to unpack, pack boxes systematically, room by room. I actually assigned each room a color, and used color-coded stickers on each box to help me keep track of what goes where later. It’s also helpful to pack similar items together—mixing teacups with a cast iron skillet is a bad idea.
6. Keep Items In Their Place
When packing silverware for example, keep the flatware in its tray and wrap the whole thing with bubble wrap to keep it secure. It’s going to make things a heck of a lot easier to sort and unpack post-move.
7. Designate The Essentials
Mark a few “load last, unload first” boxes filled with key items—stuff you’re going to want in the first 24 hours after you move. Some of these things vary from person to person but some good examples would be: box cutter, toilet paper, garbage bags, shampoo, all-purpose cleaner, tools for reassembling furniture, coffee machine, towels, toaster oven, shower curtain, and a stereo (since good music makes any chore—even moving—feel like less of a drag).
Moving and using a storage unit doesn’t have to be frustrating, just use these 7 tips to improve your experience significantly!