Renting a storage unit gives you a convenient place to stash your extra things. However, you don't just want to stack everything in the unit haphazardly, as it will then be tough to find the things you need. It's important to keep the storage unit organized. There are many ways to do this, but if you're looking for a way to get started, the following tips should prove helpful.
Label Every Box
When you're packing boxes for storage, it's tempting to say "I'll remember what's in this box!" But three months from now when you visit the storage unit, you probably won't remember. So, take the time to label every box. Make sure you're writing on the sides of the boxes that will face forward when you pack them in the storage unit. Be specific in your labels too. "Toaster, Dishes, Vase" is better than "Kitchen Stuff."
Buy Some Inexpensive Shelving
Look for some cheap shelves on a garage sale site, or even at a thrift store. You may even be able to buy affordable, plastic shelving from a home good store. Setting up even a small shelf in your storage unit gives you a place to stash smaller items and more delicate items that you don't want to put in boxes. They'll also be out where you can see them, allowing you to access them easily.
Keep An Inventory List
As you put items into storage, add them to a list that you maintain either on your phone or in a spreadsheet. This way, you'll be able to quickly reference the list whenever you're looking for an item. You won't be left wondering whether or not the item is in storage, and you won't have to search through multiple boxes just to learn it was never in storage in the first place.
Choose Boxes That Stack Well
Rather than just using whatever boxes you come across, take the time to find boxes that stack well. You may even decide it's worth it to buy some moving boxes, just because they are all the same size. Being able to stack boxes allows you to create tidy stacks, rather than simply filling the unit haphazardly.
If you take the time to organize things as you fill your storage unit, you'll waste less time later when you're looking for items in the unit. Follow the tips above, and you'll be off to a good start.
Contact a storage unit facility for more information.