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Self-storage units are lifesavers. Imagine your life without these – where would you store your important documents, small household articles, and your academic books while going on a summer break?
And if you are a permanent resident of Guildford, don’t these storage units come in handy for storing household appliances, tiny furniture pieces, and clothes when you are changing your apartment/house?
Do I also need to recount how small businesses are operating by storing their products in storage units?
But we all face one joint problem: we often create a mess in our storage unit because we don’t organize it properly. As a result, finding a specific object in a pile of assorted things becomes a nightmare.
Fortunately, with little attention to detail, you can avoid that. I will share six proven tips for organizing self-storage Guildford and making the most of the space available in this post.
6 Tips to Organize Self Storage in Guildford
1. Make an Inventory List
It can be not very clear to keep track of things when you put a lot of stuff in storage units. So, your first step is to make an inventory list. Jot down even a tiny piece of paper as an object if it’s something important to you.
This inventory list will give you an overview of what you are storing. And your mind will come up with creative ideas to organize those objects of varying sizes and weights.
Without an inventory list, you will keep going back and forth with different arrangement styles, and it will take hours to assemble the stuff sensibly.
2. Label Your Boxes
No matter what happens, label your boxes. Otherwise, you will keep scratching your head about where you store which object and might have to tear apart all sealings to find a single piece of paper.
If multiple objects contain the same type of objects, for example, academic books, label them as “Books 1” and “Books 2”. If there’s another way you want to mark those, go for it. But make sure you can easily remember the pattern in which you arranged them.
This specificity will help you dive straight into the box containing the stuff you are looking for.
3. Build Custom Shelves
Let’s take this customization thing to the next level. It’s your unit, so you have the right to decide where you will store which object. Build custom shelves along the wall to organize your stuff in terms of priority. ( Or, according to their labels, if that sounds appropriate to you.)
If you are not sure if your storage service provider allows this customization or not, talk to them. Most of them won’t mind it if those shelves are temporary and easily uninstalled.
But for you, this shelving will be a real-time saver. Not only will you be able to assort your stuff in priority (or whatever way), but you get instant access to anything you want from dozens of books, decoration pieces, documents, and articles stored there.
4. Keep Heavy Items at the Bottom/Back
Another handy tip for keeping your delicate objects intact, even when you are storing them with bulky ones, is to keep the heavier ones at the bottom. As, tiny objects, when laden with rich articles, are bound to crack.
Or, if you want to keep those away from the fragile objects, push them together at the back of the unit. You can stack them over each other, with heavier ones going at the bottom.
This weight and size assortment is often ignored and only noticed when something important gets broken or twisted due to the heavyweight at the top. Next time you store your stuff in a unit, consider this aspect.
5. Go Vertical to Create More Space
If you ever pondered over the prospect of creating more space in your unit, this might be your first instinct. If yes, then you are right. The best way to organize and create more space in your team is to go vertical with your belongings.
Boxes should be stacked high, whereas the furniture should be upright. And as mentioned above, if you have taken our shelving advice seriously, this won’t be a problem. You can store books, cosmetic products, shoes, and much more on those shelves.
As a result, the smaller objects will be neatly stacked over one another, and you will get plenty of space for taller furniture objects and other stuff.
6. Disassemble Furniture if You Have a Small Unit
This is not something to worry about. You should only rent a storage Guildford unit that you can afford. We all have budget restraints. But nobody stops us from thinking out of the box and using our creativity to organize our stuff.
To create extra space, disassemble your large furniture items before placing them in the unit. From headboards to bed frames, mattresses to table legs, disperse them if they can be. This will open up new organizing options for you. Or at least you will get new ideas.
For example, you can place the furniture upright and on the side to create more floor space for other items. Give this technique a shot. You will be amazed to realize how much you managed to store in such a small unit.
A Word of Caution
Now that you have seen some creative and neat ways to store your furniture and other household items in a storage unit, here’s a word of caution: don’t go hard at them.
The thing is, when we are low on space, our natural tendency is to cram our delicate items against each other. This leaves them vulnerable to cracks and dents.
So be careful with their arrangement, don’t go hard at them. If an agreement seems too tight, free up some space between them. Or look for a slightly bigger unit when it’s necessary.
In the light of above tips, you can now better organize and store your stuff using self-storage units. For expert help, you may check online forums and communities.