It's smart to use a storage unit for belongings that you still use from time to time, yet there is no room for them in storage at home. But it can be tough to keep storage units organized enough for convenient use because it is not accessed on a daily basis like spaces in your home can be. It can also be a little harder to keep your stuff safe in storage when you don't have a chance to check on it every day. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to avoid damage to your belongings and make access to your storage unit convenient in the long term. Consider these tips and tricks:
Line the Walls
Make sure that your rented unit is big enough to walk through so you can line the walls with utility shelves for storage. This will allow you to keep your boxes and belongings off the floor, and give you an opportunity to separate things based on their uses so you can get to them easily when they're needed. For example, kitchen items can be kept on the lower shelves while clothing and jewelry are kept on higher shelves – you'll always know where to look for what you need. You can also label each shelf to identify what should go on them, which will make it easy for you and those you might share the unit with to keep things nice and organized.
Color Code Your Boxes
Another great way to keep things organized is to color code your boxes so you have an idea of what's harbored inside each one. Implement reusable plastic boxes if they'll be kept on the floor, but cardboard options should work fine for those going on a shelf. Choose a different color for each room of your home or for each person in your family and pack the stuff going in your storage unit accordingly.
For example if you pack everything based on ownership, you can mark your personal boxes with red stickers, your spouse's boxes with blue stickers, and orange stickers for your child. The boxes will protect your belongings while they're being stored, and the color coding will enable you to zero in on your needed items so you can get in and out of the unit quickly and without making a mess in the process.
Maintain Rotation Boxes
To make transitioning belongings in and out of the storage unit, maintain a rotation box near the entrance of the unit and near your front door at home. Things that need to be taken to the unit can be put in the box at home, and at the end of the week they can be quickly collected and taken to storage. You can then simply drop them off in the rotation box at the storage unit to be put away at a later time, or put them in their rightful places right away. You can also use the rotation box in your storage unit for belongings you come across in the space that need to be cleaned or repaired if necessary.
Invest in Temp Control
Climate controlled storage units ensure that stuff stored within them does not succumb to rain, moisture, or extreme dryness. These units are also typically carefully built above flood levels so that your stuff stays safe no matter what the weather is like outside. Because they're located indoors and temperature controls can be customized, you can use temperature controlled storage units to keep everything from books and jewelry to clothing and paintings safe and sound all year round. And splurging for a temperature controlled storage unit may even help you reduce your unit's insurance rates.
These methods are easy to implement and when used in combination you should find that when accessing your storage unit, everything is in good condition and easy to get to. This results in better peace of mind when it comes to managing all of your assets and belongings.Share
30 October 2015
I made a difficult decision to leave the company that I was working for and start a small home interior design business of my own. Since I had limited space in my apartment, I had to find a place to keep all of the things that I needed to present my clients with the ideas that I had come up with. How did I find the space that I needed - I found a storage facility close to my apartment. My storage unit is organized and set up in a way that I can find what I need and can store more than I need for my business.