How to Organise Your Storage Unit Properly

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If you’ve never used a storage unit before, you might think nothing of bundling your belongings inside and locking them up. While your belongings will be secure in your storage unit, there are some things that you shouldn’t neglect when packing your items away. Considering the organisation of your storage unit will make it easier to retrieve items that you need and will also ensure you can fit as much as possible into your unit, saving you money in the long run.

Properly organising a storage unit is also the best way to ensure your belongings remain in the best condition possible. So if you are unsure of how to organise a storage unit, read on for our top tips.

If you’ve never used a storage unit before, you might think nothing of bundling your belongings inside and locking them up. While your belongings will be secure in your storage unit, there are some things that you shouldn’t neglect when packing your items away. Considering the organisation of your storage unit will make it easier to retrieve items that you need and will also ensure you can fit as much as possible into your unit, saving you money in the long run. Properly organising a storage unit is also the best way to ensure your belongings remain in the best condition possible. So if you are unsure of how to organise a storage unit, read on for our top tips.

 

Inventory & Labelling

An inventory of your items in storage is often left until the last minute. Planning a detailed list of everything you plan to place into storage will be hugely beneficial when it comes to packing and retrieving items. Even before enquiring about storage unit prices, knowing exactly how much you have to store will make discussing pricing options easier as estimating the space needed will be simple. Once you have your inventory, simply check out our choose-a-size tool and get a free quote for your storage solutions with Easistore. There will also be no confusion when you are at home and suddenly remember an old item you need - you can simply check to see if it is included on your inventory meaning it’s safely stored in your secure storage unit. 

In addition, labelling items in their boxes, crates, or files will save you huge amounts of time and worry. Locating the items on your inventory will be simplified and you will find that accessing your stored items is as easy as possible.

 

Clear Storage Containers

If you are planning to store many small items, we recommend that you pack away these more breakable items into storage boxes. What’s more, storage boxes that are plastic and transparent will allow you to see far more easily what is stored in each one. This can help when you are moving boxes around or trying to find an item to extract from the storage unit without the need for pain-staking labelling of everything.

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Consider Accessibility

When wondering how to pack a storage unit, this is perhaps one of the most obvious things people neglect to think about. Not only should larger, more substantial items be packed at the back of your storage unit, but also the things that you are less likely to need in the near future. These items, such as seasonal clothing or sports equipment, should be left to be nearest the door so that when needed, you can easily unlock your unit and take what you need to be used. This process should not be an afterthought, but rather be planned out before your storage unit is packed.

 

Store Vertically

When looking at a room, we tend to focus on floor space rather than the space in front of us. When it comes to how to organise your storage unit, vertical space will become much more valuable. For larger items of furniture, this will mean disassembling and storing vertically. This will save space for other items while ensuring nothing heavy is stacked on an item of furniture, causing breakages or bending of materials. 

In addition to this, smaller or lighter items are also not restricted to the floor. While heavier boxes or crates should, of course, be placed as a base, lighter items and smaller boxes can be stacked, particularly if your boxes are of the same type and have grooves designed for ease of stacking.

 

Leave Aisles or Paths

Hopefully, it’s now obvious that when packing your storage unit, you should plan for items to be needed whilst they reside in the unit. Considering this, it’s a good idea to leave small aisles or perhaps a pathway through your belongings. This could be a grid system or a more curved path, however, it might suit the size and shape of your unit, to allow easy access to all your items. 

 

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