When you make the choice to rent one of the self storage units in a nearby facility, you may be trying to rid your personal home of unneeded items and clutter. However, you could very well be setting yourself up with another problem by dropping off your items in the unit in a haphazard, disorganized way. Here are some storage mistakes you and your family could be making.
Not Leaving Room for Your Feet
To maximize use of the unit space, you might try to cram as many boxes and bags in as possible. This can make for frustrating visits to the unit when you must return, as you'll have to move boxes out of the way and step over things. However you place your belongings inside the unit, make a mental note to leave some kind of pathway.
Not Making Use of Color
When you return to the unit in the future, looking at the brown boxes your heart might sink a little to know you've got to find one thing among all those boxes. Labeling boxes with a marker can help a bit, but if you want to make things much simpler, use tape in all different colors to mark boxes for every room. Bedroom boxes may use red, while garage boxes can use green, for example.
Not Using Pictures
It's one thing to know where to look, but if you spend a lot of time opening boxes and rifling through everything to see if the "bathroom" box has the green towels you need for instance, that is still a problem. That can take up a lot of time and in addition, cause you to leave the boxes open or become careless about the way you put all the boxes back in place, making it more difficult to find what you're looking for the next time you go to the unit. Simply snapping a photo of the boxes contents and taping it to the box can enable you to locate items without making more of a mess.
Not Using Maps
Your memory may be great, but relying on it can create confusion. To avoid that, jot down a rudimentary map of where everything is placed. That can be another tool to help you get to the part of the unit you need.
When you've rented a personal storage unit, instead of packing boxes into the unit tightly and going on your way, use some of the suggestions here. Ask staff at the facility how others have made the most of the space so you have even more ideas.