A self-storage unit can be just what you need to reduce clutter in the home, opening up space in your home's closets and garage. A self-storage unit can also force you to get organized, as you may need to finally decide on what items can be put in the rubbish rather than moved to a storage unit. When you are ready to use such a unit for yourself and your family, note a few simple tips that can make the process easier on everyone.
Pack items carefully
You might tempted to just toss your household items into a storage bin without thought or pre-planning, or to just stack things haphazardly in the storage unit, but this can make it harder to find the things you need, when you need them. Instead, use some pre-planning; choose one tote or bin for out-of-season clothes, one for school supplies, one for each holiday, one for each type of sport or hobby, and so on.
When putting items in the unit, put long items like skis or garden tools on their end, lined up against a wall, rather than in a pile. This way, you won't need to dig through stacks of items to find what you need. Also, put items you'll need at the same time together in the unit; for example, your tote with winter clothes should be next to the bin with Christmas decorations, so you can easily access all the items you'll need at once.
Leave a path
Always leave a path from one end of the unit to the other and around stacks of items in your unit, rather than simply piling items in front of each other until the unit is full. This will ensure you can easily access all your items, even those in the back of the space. If necessary, get a larger unit so you have space for walking around easily, so you can access your items as needed.
Leave space at home
When you take items to a self-storage unit, you may be tempted to quickly fill up your newly acquired space in the closet, garage and other such area. However, this makes it difficult to keep stored items organized once you bring them back home; you may struggle to find room in the closet for clothes you need to transition between seasons, or room in the garage for those tools you need to do car repairs. Always leave some space at home for items you'll get out of the unit so that your things stay organized and easily accessible no matter where they're located.