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How to Organize a Storage Unit

How to Organize a Storage Unit


A storage unit is important for many of us because it makes life easier and more organized. It helps create extra space for things you don’t have room for in your home. It also allows you to store something fast if you have visitors staying with you. No matter what your reason, it’s always good to know how to pack a storage unit for quick and easy access. Learn self-storage tips to organizing your storage unit below! 

5 Self Storage Tips

Start by making sure your storage unit is large enough.

A 5x5 storage unit is great for many different items, but it can be easy to miscalculate how much space you’re already using. If you already have multiple items of substantial size in your unit, you probably won’t be able fit a mattress in as well. Unfortunately in this situation, it will be an unpleasant surprise when you have to bring many of your items back home because they can’t fit.

Save yourself the headache by making a list of items you need to put in storage, starting with the largest ones, including storage containers. Consider the space you’ll need, and then make sure you’ll have extra space for later — even if that means going up a storage unit size.

Use bins that are the same size.

Storage containers that are the same size allow you to stack them which, in turn, improves your space management. Try to use clear, plastic storage bins as they allow you to stack them easier as well as see what’s in them quickly. If you can’t get clear containers, use labels to help you keep track of all your items. You’ll also want to limit bins to one or two sizes so you can access everything easily and make sure that they can hold the weight of the ones stacked on top. If you must use some cardboard boxes, keep those on top with light items.

Maximize space.

Don’t waste any extra room in your containers. Fill each one completely but remember to spread your heavy items around to different bins. When you space out the weight, it makes it easier to carry boxes as well as stacking them. When each container weighs virtually the same, there’s less of a chance of them crushing each other.

If there are items you know you’ll need access to frequently, place those at the top. And if stacking isn’t an option, use shelving units.

Create a layout for easy navigation.

A layout helps make every trip to your storage unit easy so you can get in and out quickly and back to your busy schedule. Keep the heaviest items against the wall and organize containers bins in the rest of the space, creating aisles if necessary. This allows you to find everything you need with a glance.

Make an inventory list.

As you continue to add items to your unit, it’s easy to begin losing track of what’s in storage and what’s in your home. A detailed list can help. It should have information such as:

  • The storage facility’s phone number and address — if it’s difficult to find, include a description of the area.
  • A detailed description of every item in the unit.
  • Which container each item is in.
  • The monetary value of the expensive items.
  • Photos of the serial and model numbers on applicable items.

Keep a hardcopy of the list in the unit and a digital copy on your computer or mobile device. If you want to use a mobile app, try one of these home inventory apps.

Keep Your Storage Unit Organized with Self Storage of Vacaville

At Self Storage of Vacaville in Vacaville, CA, packing an organized storage unit is simple. Our storage facility has quality moving supplies to make packing your belongings simpler. And with storage units ranging from 5x5 to 10x30, you can create as many aisles of containers as you need to stay organized. If you have items that need to stay in a controlled temperature, we offer climate-controlled storage units to keep the temperature from fluctuating during extreme weather.

Reserve a self-storage unit with Self Storage of Vacaville today!