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How to organize a self storage unit

June 11, 2018

Getting a self storage unit is always a smart move. Most people nowadays have so much stuff lying around, they don’t really know what to do with it. But they don’t want to throw it away either. This is  where the self storage unit comes in.The items are stored, the unit is locked, and everyone is happy.

However, most people don’t really know how to organize their self storage unit. They just fill it up and that’s it. They won’t even give it another thought. That’s until they want something from it. And that’s when the problems come.

Fortunately, you can avoid these problems. All you need to do is plan ahead. At Empire Movers, we’ve dealt with many self storage situations. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips to help you better organize yours. Check it out below!

1. Use same-size boxes

Using same-size boxes will help you to better stack them. And you’ll also make better use of the space inside the storage unit. Just remember to place heavier boxes at the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

2. Will you need any of the items in the near future?

If so, make sure that you place them somewhere accessible. This will save you a lot of time and effort, as you won’t have to rearrange the entire unit just to get to some things that you’ll probably bring back in just a few months or sooner.

3. Label each box

This is another tip that will save you a lot of time. Make sure that you place the label somewhere visible. You can use numbers, colours or even code words. Whichever works for you.

4. Create a list of contents

Just to be safe, write down the contents of each box. You might think that it’s not really necessary, but it will come in handy in case you forget where you placed an item that you may need. Or if something goes missing from the unit, after a break in.

Nowadays, you can use a computer to create such a list.

5. Plan the layout of your self storage unit in advance

Some people visit their units quite often. In such cases, it might be smart to stack your moving boxes, furniture or other items in such a way that you’ll have access to everything you need inside the unit. Group the items and leave some space between them, so you can move around. You might also want to consider upgrading to a larger unit. It might cost you a little extra, but you’ll have much more room to do whatever you plan to do.

6. Stack your boxes

Stack your boxes, but keep some rules in mind:

  1. Place the boxes that you will need to access most frequently to the front. They should be the last ones to be placed inside the unit.
  2. Heavier boxes go to the bottom, lighter boxes on top of the heavier ones. Never the other way around.
  3. Be careful how high you stack the boxes. The higher they are, the more likely they are to fall down.

7. Create a map of your belongings

This goes great together with the list. You can divide the unit into sections and place different items in different sections. When you’ll need an item, you’ll just check the map and know exactly where to go.