Fall is fast approaching. With school around the corner or already in session, it’s time for a deep summer cleaning. You might already have one of the self storage units in Concord, CA ready to take in your seasonal gear, toys, and excess clothes, but you still need to organize effectively.
Instead of stacking your belongings with the sole purpose of making them fit, you can organize your storage unit to create more space and stay functional in four easy steps. With extra space, you can use your storage unit for other belongings other than summer items, such as record storage.
1. Take inventory of your belongings going into storage
It’s easy to lose track of your belongings over time as you bring them in and out of storage. Sometimes you’ll forget where they’ve gone weeks or months later. You might think you’ll remember, but when the time comes to retrieve them, you’ll likely find yourself in a shuffle. However you prefer to take inventory, whether with a written catalog, digital spreadsheet, or online folder of photos, be specific with the item name and location.
Keeping inventory will prevent you from forgetting what’s in storage and where everything is stored. You can also use your inventory to itemize your belongings for acquiring insurance. But for now, the immediate benefit of inventory is visualizing how your storage unit is laid out, and how you can quickly access particular items.
2. Store your belongings in durable packaging
Your belongings should be stored in appropriate containers that will protect them and hold sturdy. For important belongings that need protection and are prone to easy damage, use plastic containers. Plastic will protect them from warping and water damage. If you don’t already have a storage unit, one thing to look for in a self-storage location is the risk of rising water. If your storage unit is indoors, you have less risk than if it were outdoors in an area prone to heavy rain.
For belongings that can be stacked on each other and don’t need as much protection, use cardboard boxes. Boxes are great for making towers of belongings that won’t need to be accessed frequently, and can be pushed to the walls and corners of the storage unit. Also group together like-items and put similar boxes/containers together.
3. Label your containers and boxes
Packaging your belongings in the appropriate storage isn’t enough if you don’t know what’s inside. Label each container with bold, legible lettering. Use permanent marker or quality labels so that the ink won’t bleed and leave you opening each container to discover the contents. If writing on a label, use duct tape or another dependable material. If you have plenty of containers, it’s helpful to use a color-coding system or to group boxes according to room or purpose, e.g. sports, living room, camping, toys, etc.
4. Create a floorplan with frequently used items at the front
Once your boxes and containers are filled and labeled, they’re ready to be filed away. Put your frequently used and smaller belongings toward the front of the storage. Larger belongings can go toward the back, or underneath the containers of smaller items. It can help to put up shelves in your unit to prevent belongings from touching the ground. Be sure to include walkways throughout the storage unit, as you’ll need a clear escape in case of an emergency.
Self storage units for your summer belongings — Concord, CA
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