You've probably seen it – the storage unit that the owner must stand back as they open it so boxes and bikes don't come tumbling out and onto their head. A storage unit doesn't have to be a disorganized mess. The following tips can help you keep a storage unit, like those at Santa Barbara Mini Storage, orderly and neat. This not only makes it easier to find items when you need them, it also means you make the most efficient use of your space and that your belongings don't get damaged in storage.
Tip #1: Box Size Matters
Opt for boxes or storage tubs in the same size for the bulk of your belongings. These will stack easier and more neatly, making organization a breeze.
Tip #2: Fill Them Up
Don't allow half empty boxes – these are usually the culprit when a tower of boxes falls over, since their tops often collapse under the weight of any other box placed on top of them. Fill in the empty corners of the box with wads of packing paper to help prevent this.
Tip #3: Label Thoroughly
Each box should have at least two labels – one on the side that will face out, and another on top of the box. These can be handwritten directly on the box or computer printed, if you want to get fancy. Each label should have a broad category at the top, such as kitchen appliances, and then a list of everything in the box, such as toaster, etc. You'll never need to dig through 10 boxes to find what you need again.
Tip #4: Add Some Shelves
Shelves are an excellent way to organize your storage space and prevent box collapses. Line the three walls of the unit with shelves, and then keep similar items together. If you need more shelves, run some in aisle up the center of the unit. Simply place a heavy box on the bottom of these free-standing shelves to help anchor them. Make sure your labels face out, so you can find the box you need with just a glance.
Tip #5: Make Use of Furniture
If you're storing furniture and odd shaped items, you will need to plan for it before filling the unit with shelves and boxes. For example, move in the mattresses first, lean them against a wall, and then place the shelves in front of them. Unless you need to retrieve it often, the rear of the unit is usually the best place for furniture so you don't have to climb over it to get to you holiday decoration box. Fortunately, many furniture items can be used to organize your storage unit. For example, use an entertainment unit as a set of shelves. You can even store items inside a refrigerator if need be. Just cover the furniture with a dust cloth so the boxes don't cause scratches.