Even though the pros of self-storage far outweigh the cons, there are still challenges that you need to overcome when using storage units. One of those challenges is organising your storage unit and avoiding cluttering all together. In this blog, we’ll be taking a closer look at five best practices for keeping your storage unit neatly arranged and virtually clutter-free!

Why keep your storage unit organised?

Besides the obvious convenience that an organised storage unit will give you, keeping your valuables neatly arranged can help prevent any unnecessary damage to your belongings caused by excess weight (pilling things atop one another) or as a result of poor positioning of your items (something that shouldn’t rest sideways, shouldn’t rest sideways).

Luckily for you, keeping your storage unit clutter-free is easy! Here’s how:

Have a single box size for as many items as possible

Having the same box sizes for as many of your belongings as possible will help with stacking and accessibility. Even though this may not work well for some of your belongings, it’ll help you organise everything that can go into a box.

Keep in mind that larger boxes are good for items that aren’t necessarily heavy but may not hold up well at the bottom of large stacks. It’s also more difficult to get things out of them once they’ve already been stacked.

Identify the items you absolutely need to access while they’re in storage

Things that you need to access more often than others should be kept in front of all your belongings so that you don’t find yourself having to remove things when trying to access your goods. Things like tools and clothing should be put ahead of everything else to save you frustration.

Label… label again… label some more

Label each box on the top and on all the sides with unique numbers, the room they came from and the contents of the boxes. You can also place a special mark on boxes you may need to access frequently. Remember to be as detailed as possible when labelling for contents.

Create a comprehensive content/ inventory list

When you have a lot of items in a storage unit, it’s near impossible to remember where you put everything. Large items may be easy to remember, but things that go into boxes and containers are a different story.

To keep your valuables organised, we recommend you create a comprehensive spreadsheet to keep track of all your items. Be sure to also note where in your storage unit your items are located.

Consider using clear plastic containers

Even though they’re more expensive than cardboard boxes, plastic bins make it much easier for you to find your items when they’re scattered throughout your storage unit. They’re no replacement for an inventory list though, so don’t use this tip independently of the others we’ve given you.

Otherwise, if all these tips don’t work out for you, you may want to consider getting a bigger storage unit. We’ve got you covered, get in touch with us today!