Storage units help put away things with increased security. Whenever you need space for transporting your things to your new home, what to do with an empty nest, or declutter your personal space, having a ready storage unit is hugely beneficial. Extra space around your home or office for your essential belongings boosts your sense of order.
However, your self-storage won’t tidy itself up! To get the most of it, there are certain things you need to practice to arrange your stuff in an orderly fashion and to maximize your space.
Here are effective ways to maximize your storage unit:
1. Place things at the back
They may be just trusty giant boxes for storing things, but storage units can hold different sizes of items (huge or tiny) if you stack them the right way. You can take advantage of this by pushing the big objects to the back and stack them against the wall. This gives you more space in the middle for placing other essentials.
If you have mattresses, put them up against the wall. Other big things you can place at the back are storage cabinets as well as bed frames you no longer use.
2. Use labelled containers
When you’ve already placed the huge items at the back or sides of your unit, it becomes easier to decide on the arrangement of smaller items including books, clothes, shoes, toys, and other lightweight materials. Efficiently manage smaller boxes and containers.
Labelling your boxes and containers allows you to easily identify which items to pull out when you need them. Make sure to stack heavy items like books at the bottom so you can have a solid foundation under your pile.
3. Disassemble furniture
This may require extra time and effort, but it will save you the hassle of dealing with them later. When you disassemble your furniture you won’t have to think about where to place that credenza passed down by your grandmother, or that enormous cabinet you got for a lot less at a nearby thrift store.
This also frees up space for other things, plus it makes moving around easier. There are several ways to store your antiques, but disassembling furniture pieces to move and store them easily may be more efficient.
4. Create a path
Your storage unit can become an easy trap for claustrophobics if there isn’t a clear path at the front and back. As you pack your unit, assign a clear path that allows for the smooth transportation of objects in and out.
5. Consider shelving
Using shelves in a storage unit is a great way to utilize space. Plastic shelving units give you metres worth of extra usable space. Rather than buy something that occupies more floor space, expand your vertical space instead. However, make sure that you don’t put too many items on your shelves.
There’s always a way to utilize your self-storage unit. A limited space that’s properly utilized beats a larger unit that isn’t utilized well. There are also other available resources online for different storage ideas like tips to protect your heavy equipment in storage. You can also follow the tips above (you can do them on your own or with another pair of hands) and you’ll get the most of your storage unit.