Say that one day you decided you needed an extra tool shed, so you rented a storage unit for tools, lawn equipment, outdoor equipment, and things of that nature. As the garage and the yard took shape, you also saw that your house was a little cluttered. Because of this, you rented another storage unit to store belongings from your home such as seasonal items, unused clothing, extra furniture, leftover toys, and a plethora of kitchen appliances.
As the months go by and you begin to pull things from both of these storage units, you think of how good it might be to consolidate two into one. But how can you make all of these very different items live in a single space and store them so that you can find them when you need them? It can be done with a little bit of planning and organization.
Separate and Conquer
- The first thing you need to do in order to consolidate your units is to go through every box and crate to see what you have. Duplicates need to be grouped together if they are to be kept. It’s okay to keep three screwdrivers if they do different things, but it’s not okay to keep three coffeemakers when they all do the same thing.
- Separate like items into different sections as you go through each box. For instance, have a section for lawn equipment, a section for tools, a section for kitchen equipment, a section for clothing, and so on.
- As with any time you are consolidating items, you need to have boxes for donating, getting rid of, and selling. It will be hard to consolidate if you keep everything. Anything that is broken, stained, or not in good condition or in working order should be discarded.
- If you find an item that you have not had any use for in the last year and will not have a use for in the foreseeable future, it is time to let it go.
Once you have everything from your storage units categorized into piles by sections, it is time to move on to organization.
Organize the Confusion
If you just threw your blender next to your weed eater, you would never be able to find anything – even if you got rid of all the clutter. This is why it is important to organize all of your belongings. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
- Set up shelving with plastic drawers that have labels with the contents marked. Let each shelf represent a different section in your house. For instance, if you have a large section of tools, have a whole shelf dedicated just to tools with each drawer marked (hand tools, power tools, accessories, cords, etc.).
- Trash cans are great for standing up yard equipment such as racks, shovels, and weed eaters. This provides easy access and visibility.
- The best way to store clothes for access, visibility, and longevity is in wardrobe boxes. This makes them easy to locate and protects your seasonal clothing items until you need them again.
- Kitchen appliances is another section that warrants dedicated shelving. Make sure to label boxes and pick shelving that makes it easy to slide boxes in and out.
- Make rows in the storage unit when possible so that it is easy to navigate inside the unit. Keep a master list of where everything is kept and post it just inside the door.
- Place the items that you use most frequently closest to the entrance of the storage unit for easy access.
- If you have items in your storage unit that are sensitive to temperature, you may want to consider getting a climate controlled storage unit when you consolidate units.
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