The hassles of moving can be chaotic, to say the least. Sometimes you’re so busy moving from one place to another that you treat a storage unit the way a 5-year old treats their closet when it’s time to clean the room. While you do rent storage space for the specific purpose of putting away everything you can’t deal with at the moment, you’d be making a major mistake by just loading your storage unit without a plan. Read on to learn the two strategies you can use together to organize your storage for easy searching and sorting – no matter how long you stay away.
While time is always of the essence during a move, it’s important to to make sure you take a little bit of time and organize your storage unit so you can find anything you might need later. The first main step is making sure to organize your boxes, plastic tubs, luggage, and crates as you’re packing for storage.
Make sure you have labels and permanent markers to list the basics of what’s being packed in each container, whether dishes, bedding, books, or whatever else. If you have some items that are particularly important, make sure to make a note of that on the label. This means if you’re suddenly in need of a certain year’s tax returns, an old quilt, or that certain book, you can at least narrow your search down quickly to a few clearly labeled boxes.
The next tip, and one I’m amazed isn’t shared more often, is to organize sections of the storage unit based on the rooms where those packed items will go once unpacked. For example, I always pack my storage locker the same way:
- The back right side is for bedroom stuff
- The back left side is for garage/basement/sheds/miscellaneous
- The middle right is office stuff & books
- The middle left is spare furniture and miscellaneous boxes
- The front right is for living room
- The front left is for kitchen stuff
This is an easy way to narrow down what you’re looking for no matter how much is going on, or how long it’s been since you packed. Even in the most jam-packed of storage units, I know which part of the storage unit to look in depending on what I need to find – or even if I’m just filling out a room in a new house I can just grab everything from one part of the storage locker.
Using even just one of these strategies makes a big difference, but using them both in conjunction with one another will keep you organized and make every future packing and unpacking action with that storage unit in the future is fast and easy!