Easy Access Storage

A Storage Unit can be a life saver when your home is getting much too crowded. We accumulate things overtime and we don’t eliminate other things at the same speed. So, tables get filled with trinkets and magazines. Baskets get filled with dried flowers and old scarves. And drawers get crammed with everything that didn’t find a home elsewhere! Much of this stuff is not ready to be thrown out but when it is overflowing into the precious space you have, the most logical solution is to box it up and take it to a storage unit where you can decide later what you are going to do with it.

Even though storage unit facilities will offer safe havens for your things like 24 hour surveillance, storage for large items like boats and cars, climate controlled units and access at all times, your unit can  quickly become just as cluttered as your home. So this is the time to get a handle on the whole idea of an organized unit, home and life.

But...when things get boxed and put in storage a new problem starts.  It is called “the hunt”. You need a certain kind of plate. You had taken it to storage. You had packed it in a box. Your whole storage unit is boxes. So, the “hunt” begins as you go through every box looking for the elusive plate. Of course it is in the last box in the far corner! So that you don’t have to go through the “hunt” each and every time you need something, preparation is essential. Setting up your unit so that everything is easily found and the whole place doesn’t fall apart and become a disaster, takes a little finesse. Here are some tips that you can heed for easy access to just about everything.

Important Items first. The items that you will use the most and have to be retrieved often need to have a special place in the storage unit. Items such as seasonal clothing or holiday decorations, should be kept together and easily reached. Camping equipment and hobby supplies should also be placed in an area that is accessible. Tools can be right at the front of the unit and office documents that are needed regularly should be nearby.

Use Stackable Boxes or Bins that are the same size. It is easy to find boxes that are all sorts of sizes, but using ones that are the same size will make it easier to stack on top of each other and fit together. Boxes should be packed so that you can lift one off from the other.Boxes that are too large eventually disintegrate with other boxes on top of them. If you keep them all the same size, the weight will be evenly distributed.

Put a Label on it. At first, while you are packing, the items inside a box makes sense. But, when you go looking for those items, if you haven’t put a label on the box, then the “hunt” starts again. You should also label the boxes with more details than just “kitchen items”. Bowls, spatula, juicer? What is in the box exactly?  Each box should be labeled on the top and at least on one side. This way the information doesn’t accidentally get lost while stacking. The information on the box should include the box contents in detail, what room the items came from and a box number that is coordinated with a storage unit map. The boxes should be wrapped tightly so that bugs and moisture will not find their way inside.

Along with the label, create a coordinating list. Putting a box of stuff from the house away in a storage unit is very different than putting stuff in a box for a household move. Usually, you want to find just one item in a box and will more than likely return it to that box when you are done. So, instead of just tossing it into any old box when you return it, a smart way to ensure your items don’t get lost is to create a list of items in each box and have it in the front of your unit along with a map of all of the boxes in the entire place. This list can also be useful when you’re trying to find a specific item. Include the box number, all the items in that box and where it is located.

Be Obsessed with Organization. Organization is NOT a dirty word! In the world of storage, it is the ONLY word! The more organized your unit is, the more it can hold! First, all boxes or bins should be kept off the floor so that there is airflow. If you have set up shelves to put boxes on, have a bit of space between the bottom shelf and the floor.A wood or plastic pallet will help also. Just remember that while you are loading the shelves or pallets that heavier boxes go on the bottom: don’t pack too high and the important boxes should be easily reached. Large items that are not returning to the home anytime soon, such as furniture, should be stored in the back and against the wall of the unit. A path right down the middle to the back and the heavy stuff should be created.

Create a Treasure Map for the whole unit. Just like hidden treasure and the hunt for it, a map can make all the difference in the time spent in retrieving items. If you divide your unit into sections of front, back side left, side right, you can draw a map with the box numbers in each section. In a folder with the map, you should have the lists of items in each box. So, you have box 5 in section side left and inside are kitchen items mixer, juicer, toaster and blender. In box 41 in section side right, you have master bedroom towels green gold and white. Make sure that you stick to the map throughout the duration of having the unit so that things don’t get mixed up. If something is added to the box permanently, then change the list.

Many storage units are utter chaos. People spend entire days going through their units pulling everything out to just have to put it all back in when finding that one little thing. Having an organized unit gives you the freedom to enjoy your life!

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