Storage units are a lot like junk drawers—they tend to attract whatever you don’t want, but also don’t want to get rid of, and then forget. Whether it is in your home, garage, or storage unit, we all have a place to stick the items that we don’t have space for, time to deal with, or have some nostalgic attachment to.
We get it.
There’s no question that having a self-storage unit is a great way to store things while freeing up valuable space in your immediate living environment. That’s why here at Jiffy Self Storage we offer clients units in a variety of sizes and rental length options.
However, like many similar spaces, if you aren’t careful, your storage unit can quickly become a disorganized mess. Below are a few helpful tips to help you keep your storage unit from falling into complete disarray:
Practice Mindful Storing Techniques
Like all things in life, it is essential to be mindful.
When it comes to storage units, it can quickly become a habit to toss boxes and loose items into them haphazardly. Doing this will neither make you happy or help with keeping track of what you are actually storing. So, practice mindful storing techniques whenever you make a trip to your unit. We will flesh out some of these methods throughout this article, but the best and most simple thing you can do is store the objects you often use near the front of your unit and everything else at the back.
Leave Yourself a Path
Even if your storage unit is bursting at the seams, make sure that you have a safe way to access the items at the back without climbing over or pulling everything out. It is not safe and will waste valuable time whenever you visit your unit. If your storage is reaching the point where you are unable to leave yourself a path, maybe it’s time to let go of some of your items or talk to a representative about renting a second unit.
Label Absolutely Everything
If everything you have stored is in a series of identical cardboard boxes, you are never going to find anything. So, as a rule of thumb, if you have a storage unit, you should also have a label maker or, at least, a sharp knife and some plain white adhesive labels.
If you have had your storage rental space for some time, it might be time to undertake the daunting task of organizing your items into labeled boxes. But, if you are just beginning your storage journey, we suggest that you mark each box and even go so far as to include an inventory of all the items.
If you have four boxes labeled “dolls,” how do you know which box is home to the Bratz, Polly Pockets, or stuffed animals that you are searching for? Remember, the more thorough you can be, the easier time you will have later on!
Use the Space You Have Wisely
If you are storing pieces of large furniture, such as dressers or shelving units, it doesn’t do you much good to have them taking up space in disassembled fragments on the floor. Instead, take advantage of that extra space to keep things better organized and off the floor.
Keep a Basic Inventory of Your Things
Going back to labeling the contents of your storage unit boxes, it is a good idea to keep an alternative inventory list in the unit that you can easily reference. If you are storing several things, you will forget what you have. Having an inventory eliminates your need to go rummaging through all your neatly labeled boxes for something that may or may not even be there. Write it down when it goes in and cross it off when it goes out. This is also a helpful strategy to adopt if you aren’t the only one who will be visiting your storage until—don’t let a husband, partner, or your kids ruin your hard work!
Whether you are storing, cleaning, or looking for a long lost item, having an inventory is going to let you know what you are up against when it comes to your storage endeavours. The neatest way you can keep your list is to print a simple spreadsheet off your computer. However, keeping an extra pen and paper in your unit is also a helpful short-term solution for when you run out of space on your sheet.
Keep Things in Order Using the Four-Box Method
After you have implemented all these helpful, mindful elements into your storage unit practice, the last thing you can do to make your life easy is incorporate the four-box method.
This one is for those particularly busy people who are always on the go. Whether you are making a quick drop at your unit or doing a clean-up, this will help make it easy. The idea behind this technique involves using four empty boxes with these labels: keep, toss, donate/sell, and storage.
Don’t let your storage unit mess get the best of you! By following these easy tips, keeping your storage unit tidy won’t be a problem.