Self-storage should make your life easier, not harder. Throwing items into your storage unit without care makes storage more complicated than it needs to be. With advance preparation, you can avoid unnecessary stress.
Careful thought and planning will ensure you can access your self-storage inventory quickly and safely. Here are seven strategies to make sure your storage inventory is easily accessible.
Make a List
Before packing up your items, make a list of everything you’re storing. Whether it’s in alphabetical order, by department, or item types, organize your list in a way that makes the most sense for you. This eliminates having to remember which items are stored in your self-storage unit. Post a hard copy of your storage list on your refrigerator or in a file folder labeled “self-storage” and keep a digital copy on your computer.
Label Your Boxes
Rummaging through boxes is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Label your storage boxes on their sides with a general description of the contents. This allows you to easily identify boxes after they’re stacked. Place a special mark on boxes you may need to access at some point during storage and remember to put them in your storage unit last. Be as detailed as possible with the contents.
Pick One Box Size For Most Items
Same-size boxes help with stacking and accessibility. Keep in mind that large boxes are excellent for items that aren’t very heavy, but may not hold up well at the bottom of large stacks. Large boxes are also more difficult to remove if you need something out of them, especially if they’re at the bottom of the stack.
Make a Map
After making a list and labeling your boxes, make a map of your storage unit. Measure your items and use grid paper to record where you place your belongings. Coordinate matching labels and color codes on your storage boxes and your map so that the map corresponds with the numbers and/or descriptions on your boxes. A storage map is a useful tool for helping you find and retrieve items quickly.
Don’t Over Pack
Avoid the temptation to stuff each box to the gills. Over packing your boxes makes it harder to find your items and strains your back.
When storing bookshelves and hutches, use their shelves to store small items you need to keep handy.
Place Frequently-Accessed Items at the Front
You’ll need certain storage items more often than others. Place these items toward the front of your unit. That way, you’ll be able to access them without having to shuffle boxes and furniture.
Don’t make the mistake of not leaving enough room in your self-storage unit to retrieve your belongings. When packing your self-storage unit, create aisles for easy accessibility to your items. Make clear pathways so it’s easy and safe to navigate. You should create enough space to carry boxes without having to turn sideways.Markham Self Storage offers self-storage solutions for businesses and residents of the Jackson, Tennessee area. For more information about our affordable storage units and safety features, contact us today. We even offer climate control units and U-Haul rentals.