Organizing the space effectively in storage units doesn’t sound like a Herculean task, but is definitely one you should be undertaking before calling the moving company. Not only is this an effective way of storing your belongings for a short or long term period, but can also prove to be a vital step before, during or after you are moving out! Making sure to track, plan and organize the storage unit before handing over your possessions to a storage company is always the best call to make!
Lists, Lists, Lists
Marie Kondo swears by these and so should you! In the flurry of moving out or in, shifting your possessions from one place or another increases the chances of misplacing them in the process. In the midst of all the havoc in calling the moving company, you will not be able to remember the minute details.
While larger things may be more prominent amongst these piles of things, smaller items like electronics, pictures and clothes can easily go missing. Some people actually find things in storage they had completely forgotten about! To keep your head straight and give yourself the opportunity to track items, you are going to depend greatly on lists!
Taking photos of stored items and grouping similar objects in lists together also greatly help with tracking your items! To avoid pulling your hair out while looking for heirlooms and blankets, be sure to not misplace these lists and keep them accessible!
Disassemble, Straighten, Store
Without dissembling furniture to store it, you will go through a lot of storage units, and this is why storage companies always make sure to dismantle larger items before placing them in storage. Headboards, bed frames, mattresses, table legs, cushions off sofas and other things should get disassembled, and placed vertically, pushed back in storage units. To prioritize space efficiency, it is always best to place headboards and legs upright and clear space. Mattresses are the only elongated object that should be stored flat, and if the legs don’t come off your table- well, that can act as a storing shelf for other items!
Bottom and Back
Want to make sure some heavy table doesn’t crush your grandma’s precious china? Moving companies always employ the tactic of putting the larger, heavier stuff at the bottom and the back. Furniture and large boxes or trunks stored towards the bottom and the back of the unit prevents delicate, smaller items from getting crushed with the weight on top, by creating a stable base.
While the first thing you are likely to reach for while packing, and even while consulting moving companies are cardboard boxes, transparent or translucent containers may be a better method of storage! What this allows you to do is decipher at once glance what you put where without having to undo pre-packed boxes or open hundreds to find one small thing. What makes the extra bucks you will pay for these worth it is inevitably the fact that you can use them again and again, and also the time you will likely save by not having to dig through for a long while to locate what you need!
Need it? Keep it at the front!
Some items are of acute importance the moment you step into a new place, like prams, coffee machines, mattresses are others, while things like candelabras and chandeliers can take a bit of a backseat.
If your storage is there for the convenience and extra space it affords your house, marking seasonal clothing like jackets, boots, heavy coats, blankets into designated bins kept towards the front allows you to access them when you need them. Spare bicycles and other random extras can take their place towards the back, but the things you’ll certainly need through the year – such as winter clothing – should be at an accessible spot at the front. Standing in front of a mountain of dimly-lit storage is everyone’s nightmare, so spare yourself that experience and keep these items towards the front!
Labels, Tags, and Labels!
Labels are another thing Marie Kondo recommends, and she’s the queen of organization! Placing tags and labels on boxes can be an easy way to figure out precisely what it inside without wrestling through a stockpile of similar-looking boxes!
Thinking you will remember where the family china that only comes out on Christmas is resting? Nope! If it’s been in the storage for a while, you can make the very human error of forgetting – so label every box with printed labels or even a piece of paper with permanent marker letters taped to the top!