Here’s how to organize a storage unit:
Assess your storage unit
When assessing your storage unit, you’ll want to take into account how much space each box takes up. Boxes are stackable and easy to measure, so you can make sure you’re making the most of your storage space. However, if you’re storing fragile items, you’ll need to factor in extra space for them. Boxes allow you to maximize the storage space in your unit by stacking them neatly on top of one another. By organizing your storage, you can avoid incurring additional costs associated with repairing couches and mirrors.
Create zones in your storage unit
This will make it easier to find what you’re looking for and keep your unit clean. Here are 10 tips for creating zones in your storage unit:
- Divide your unit into sections based on the type of item being stored.
- Create a section for clothing, one for books, one for furniture, etc.
- Label each section with a clear sign or marker.
- Arrange items within each section by category (pants, shirts, sweaters, etc.).
- Store similar items together (e.g., all books in one area).
- Keep boxes off the floor and stacked neatly against the walls of the unit.
- Place heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
- .Pack tightly to avoid wasted space and maximize efficiency .
- .Place fragile items in boxes and stack them on top of other boxes .
- .Make sure that everything is clearly labeled so you can find it quickly and easily when you need it
Use shelves and furniture to create zones
Shelving units are a great way to organize your belongings and create specific zones in your storage unit. Shelves make it easy for you to access what you need, when you need it, and help free up space by stacking boxes. Our favorite shelving units include:
- The IKEA BILLY Bookcase: This bookcase is a classic and can be used to store books, clothes, or other items. It’s also height adjustable so that you can customize it to fit your needs.
- The Elfa Classic Custom Closet System: This closet system is perfect for organizing small spaces. It comes with a variety of shelves, drawers, and hanging rods that can be customized to fit your needs.
- The Sterilite 5 Shelf Unit: This unit is perfect for storing large items. It has a sturdy build and can hold up to 200 pounds.
Organize your belongings by type
This will make it easier to find what you are looking for and keep your storage unit neat and tidy. Here are some tips on how to group your items:
Group like items together. If you have a lot of toys, then group them by type (i.e., stuffed animals, dolls). If you have several boxes of books and magazines, then separate them into their respective categories. If you have a lot of clothing, then sort by type (i.e., shirts, pants). Keep like items together so that they are easy to
Stack boxes and items on the bottom of your storage unit
This will help keep your storage unit stable and prevent items from toppling over. If you are storing fragile items, it is best to place them towards the top of the unit where they will be less likely to be damaged if something falls on them.
This will not only help you find what you are looking for faster, but it will also help keep things organized. When labeling boxes, be sure to include the contents of the box as well as the date that it was packed. This way, you can easily tell which items were packed last and which ones need to be unpacked first.
Keep a list of what’s in your storage unit
That’s why it’s important to keep a list of what’s in there. This will help you keep track of your belongings, and make sure nothing is accidentally thrown away. Here are some tips for creating your list:
- Make a list of everything you’ve stored in your unit, including the date you put it in there
- Label each item with its location in your unit
- Take pictures of your items, and include them on the list
- Keep the list updated as you add or remove items from your storage unit
Rotate seasonal items
By rotating, you can keep the most used items at the front of the unit and tucked away the less used items.
For example, in the fall you might want to move all of your summer clothes to the back of the unit and bring out all of your sweaters and jackets. This will make it easy for you to find what you need when you need it.
This will make it easier for you to keep track of everything.
Regularly clean your storage unit
This will help to prevent pests and keep your belongings in good condition.
This will free up space and make it easier to clean.
This will kill any bacteria or pests that may be present.
Vacuum the entire unit, paying special attention to corners and crevices where pests may hide.
Throw away any food or trash that may have collected in the unit.
Check for damage to your belongings and repair as necessary.
Pack away any winter clothes or items you no longer need.
Dust furniture and appliances as needed.
Check for pests
Common pests that like to set up shop in storage units include spiders, rats, and cockroaches. If you see any evidence of pests, be sure to report it to the management company right away.