No matter how long you plan on using your storage unit, keeping it neatly organized is important and will help prevent stress and injury. An organized storage unit will ensure your belongings are easy to access when you need them. You’ll also avoid injury from falling boxes or damage to your possessions.
Organizing your storage unit is often over-looked step. People are typically in a hurry as they unload their things into a storage unit and aren’t really thinking about the long-term. All it takes is one stressful afternoon of frantically searching through dozens of boxes looking for a specific item before you realize the benefits of organization.
Here are a few ideas on how you can keep your storage unit organized from day 1:
Choose the Right Size Unit
As you begin to look at different sizes of storage units, remember that it’s better to have a little extra space than no space at all. If choose a unit that is too small, not only will you have a tough time squeezing all of your stuff in, but you’ll leave yourself with no room to move around. Take a look at a few different sizes of storage units to get a feel of how your belongings will fit. Remember to consider how often you will be accessing your possessions so you leave yourself some wiggle room.
Packing for Storage
If you know that you will be storing items for quite a while, it’s a good idea to pack boxes and totes specifically for storage. This requires thinking ahead as to when you will need these items and how you can access them quickly. You’ll also want to be sure that you label things clearly so they are simple to find. There may be some items that you are planning to hang onto, but don’t need to get to while they are in storage. Other items you may need more frequently and should be easier to get to.
Similar to moving into a home, it can definitely help to have a move-in plan for your storage unit. This might include storing large furniture and appliances to the rear of your storage unit allowing for smaller items to be placed up front. Consider storing sofas and mattresses on end to allow for more space in your unit. Decide which of your belongings you will need to access most frequently and plan to store those things towards the entrance. Creating a move-in plan and following it will add a little more time, but it will pay off in the long run.
If you feel unsure or have questions about what size storage unit you should rent, be sure to talk to the on-site managers at Arizona Storage Centers. We’ve been in the business for quite some time now and are more than willing to offer our insight and advice. You can reach us at 480-386-6022. We’re happy to show you the many different options we offer so you can choose just the right unit for your needs.