Roy Hiscock is the owner of a storage facility called Storage Max in the suburb of Ashmore (part of the Gold Coast in Queensland) and is an expert when it comes to self-storage units. His storage sheds come in various sizes suitable for all types of needs from residential to commercial storage.
Many homeowners that run out of space will opt to rent a self-storage unit to help keep their extra belongings out of the way. Among these items are usually holiday decorations, family heirlooms or large bulky furniture. Since storage units for the self-serving crowd are pretty affordable, many homeowners find them a reasonable alternative to cluttering up a garage or making up for a lack of one.
With that being said, even though you get a great deal of square footage with your storage unit, staying organized is an integral part of preventing any mishaps. After all, should you need to gain access to a particular item, it could become a nightmare to sort through dozens of smashed boxes!
Use Plastic Bins As Opposed To Paper Boxes
Paper boxes are a great deal cheaper than plastic bins, but they will not hold up well over the years. In fact, it’s easy for bugs to get inside of these and stacking them can be extremely hard. If you’re opting to stack paper boxes, you always have to organize them by width and weight. However, if you purchase plastic storage bins that are roughly the same size, they hold up well over the years and they’re easy to stack.
Label Boxes Accordingly
Always label the contents of your boxes. When you’re first organizing them, you may still remember what’s inside, but over the months in storage, you will start to forget. If you have something particular that you’re going to likely miss, make sure to make a note of it on the storage box.
Stack Similar Items
When in doubt and for the sake of organization, keep similar items stacked in one place. This can prevent you from removing boxes upon boxes when you’re looking for a certain item. Self-storage units can fill up quickly, so there needs to be a method to your madness.
Protect Furniture With Blankets
When you’re placing furniture into storage, make sure to protect it well by placing old blankets or towels on top of them. Not all storage units are climate controlled, so it’s best to protect your furnishings from the extreme cold or heat.
Staying organized in a self-storage unit is easy, but only if you give it some thought in the beginning. After all, when you know where to find your things, there’s less room for error.