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How To Organize a Self-Storage Unit

Self-storage units are an excellent place to store items you don’t have space for in your home. Of course, they take on another role entirely if you’re a frequent traveler. In fact, some may not access their self-storage units more than once a year to ensure their belongings are safe. Packing strategies don’t matter as much in that case. If, on the other hand, you essentially use your self-storage unit as a huge cupboard, then it is a good idea to stay organized. In this case, you’ll want to plan ahead with how you should pack and organize your self-storage unit.

How To Organize a Self-Storage Unit for Frequent Access

How should you organize a self-storage unit that you plan to access frequently? Start with these tips!

Store Larger Items You Won’t Need to Access at the Back of the Unit

Large, heavy items you won’t need to interact with often — like refrigerators, dining tables, and couches — belong at the back of your self-storage unit. This strategy ensures you won’t have to wade through massive objects to make your way to the items you need right away, like winter clothes or documents.

Install Shelves in Your Self-Storage Unit

Most storage facilities have self-storage units that fall into one of three size categories:

  • Small: 5×5 to 5×10 feet.
  • Medium: 5×15 to 10×10 feet.
  • Large: 10×15 to 10×25 feet.

Additional reading: Storage Unit Sizes Guide

Maximize your storage space by exploiting the vertical plane in your self-storage unit. To help, you’ll want to stack boxes that are smaller. Do you have any shelves you want to store in your unit? If not, consider installing some anyway. Shelves help to expand the available space and keep your storage unit organized. Not to mention, shelves are easier to access than picking up heavy boxes off the floor, even if they are smaller boxes.

Make Sure You Label Everything in Your Self-Storage Unit

You may think you can remember where you put everything, but the experience will almost certainly prove otherwise. You can save time and avoid a mess by clearly labeling every box in your storage unit.

Use Plastic Containers in Your Self-Storage Unit

Storing your belongings in clear plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes has several advantages. Most importantly, watertight containers with a solid seal keep rodents and moisture out. You can also glimpse what’s inside without opening these containers.

Store the Belongings You Access Most Often at the Front of the Self-Storage Unit

As you plan how to organize and pack your storage unit, it is essential to consider which items you’ll need to access most often. It doesn’t make sense to store belongings you rarely need to access at the front. This will force you to make your way through a heap of stuff to reach the few things you need. Instead, consider storing your most frequently-needed items within easy reach.

Make a Self-Storage Unit Map

No matter how meticulous you are when you plan the ideal setup for your self-storage unit, you may still forget where you put something. Looking for a lost item can create chaos, forcing you to reorganize your entire unit. Avoid this pitfall by making a handy map that shows where your belongings are.

Clark Storage – Best and Most Secured Storage Units in the Area

Our family business objective is to provide you with the best service and facilities in a secure location. As you get to know our facilities, you will note they were selected for your ease of access, location, and security. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your storage needs and fulfill your high expectations. We have storage units in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, and Pacific Junction. Contact us today. We are also offering a Move-In Referral Program, click here for more information.