Putting your items in storage doesn’t mean you won’t want to access them regularly. Whether you travel a lot or simply need extra storage space in Cleveland, you don’t want to trip over cluttered boxes whenever you want to access something.
Here are a few organisational skills to make sure you can access your items easily.
1. Use one box for most of your items
If you can, put everything in one box. If that isn’t possible, minimise the number of boxes used as much as you can. Same-size boxes will promote easy organisation and accessibility.
Use big boxes for light items that may not hold up at the bottom of big stacks. Note that accessing these boxes may be difficult, especially if they are at the bottom of your stack.
If you need to access something often, put it in a box that goes at the top of your stack.
Here are a few items that you may need to store in the boxes:
- Office documents
- Hobby supplies
- Holiday decorations, bakeware, and costumes
- Seasonal clothing
- Office documents
- Kids toys
- Trip supplies including sleeping bags, tents, and snorkeling gear.
2. Stack boxes or use shelves
If you are looking for a long-term storage solution, consider using sturdy shelves on your walls. Your Cleveland storage unit for rent will likely have plenty of wall space to put your shelves.
Stacking your boxes may be a good idea as well. Stack your boxes starting from back to front in order of how frequently you need to access them. The boxes you need to access most frequently go to the front of your unit. They should be facing the direction of the door. If you put them on shelves, make sure that the labels face out.
Avoid stacking boxes above your head to reduce the risk of something falling on you or breaking as you try to access it. Use a brick-wall pattern if you need to stack same-size boxes. While it may not seem very efficient, you will have an easier time moving boxes.
3. Label every box
Label your boxes as soon as you pack them. That way, you know where everything is. Have at least two labels on every box-one at the top and another one on the side. Include a unique box number, the box contents, and the room where the items came from.
You could also put specific marks on the boxes you hope to access often. While you want to keep the label short, it should include as many details as possible.
4. Create a map of your items in the unit
Place a map of all your items in the unit. You don’t need to map out belongings if they are clearly visible. However, your map should include everything that could be difficult to find. You don’t need to be dramatic. A hand-drawn sketch could be good enough.
Consider dividing your unit into at least four sections. List the items in every section and include them on your map.
5. Make a master contents list
Create a list with the contents of every box and the box number. While it may be a lengthy step, it could save you a lot of time. A master contents list makes it easy to find specific items. The list is essential when some boxes are out of view.
If you have to access your storage unit often, it makes sense that you organise it accordingly. Simple tips to keep in mind include creating a map for all your items and putting all or most of your items in one box. Label all your boxes accordingly and put the ones you need closest to the door.