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How to Organize a Storage Unit for Maximum Space

A self-storage unit is the ideal solution for those in need of extra space to store belongings. Storage units offer flexibility and convenience for storing seasonal items, business inventory, or personal belongings. 

When it comes to utilizing a storage unit efficiently, proper organization is essential! A well-organized storage unit allows you to store more items and makes it easier to access what you need, when you need it. 

In this guide, we'll share expert tips on how to organize a storage unit space that maximizes every inch. 

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How to Organize a Storage Unit in 5 Easy Steps

1. Take Inventory of Items 

When choosing the right storage unit size, you’ll want to consider the amount of items you plan to store. The most effective way of doing this is making an inventory list of each item you plan on storing and their dimensions. Creating an inventory list is beneficial for easily tracking your belongings in the future. 

Categorize items into groups such as furniture, boxes, appliances, and fragile items. It’s also important to note those items you may need access to while in storage. This is useful for seasonal items like clothing, holiday decorations, outdoor supplies, office documents, or others. 

2. Gather Boxes, Containers and Supplies  

Once you have a list of all your storage items and their dimensions, it’s time to gather boxes, containers and other moving supplies. While it might seem simpler to repurpose boxes and containers found in your home, make sure they are in good shape.  

storage unit cardboard boxes

The boxes and containers should be sturdy, stackable, and are all similar sizes to make stacking and organizing easier. Depending on the items you’re storing, we suggest either using cardboard boxes, plastic bins, and 

Cardboard Boxes 

Cardboard boxes are cost-effective, widely available, and best for more fragile items. However, the material is not water-resistant and less durable than a plastic container.  They are the best container to hold those items you don’t need to access frequently. 

Common cardboard box sizes used in storage and moving include: 

  • Small Box: 12 x 12 x 16 

  • Medium Box: 18 x 18 x 16 

  • Large Box: 18 x 18 x 24 

  • X-Large Box: 24 x 18 x 24 

  • Wardrobe Box: 24 x 20 x 34 

Plastic Bins  

Plastic bins are durable, water-resistant, and can be reused for years to come. These storage containers are best for holding heavier items as they are less likely to break. 

Clear plastic containers are ideal for items you might need to access frequently. This allows you to see the contents without rifling through boxes.

Storage Supplies

Some other moving and storage supplies you’ll want to have include: 

  • Heavy-duty packing tape

  • Padlock 

  • Drop Cloth 

  • Furniture Covers 

  • Bubble Wrap 

3. Label Boxes Clearly 

Label each box and container clearly with large, readable labels. Label each box with a number, category or room it came from (kitchen, bathroom, etc.), and what's inside. Mark boxes and containers with permanent markers or use printed labels, on all four sides. 

Once you finish labeling your storage boxes, return to your inventory list and make note of where each item is. Properly labeling boxes is crucial to keeping your storage unit neat and organized. 

4. Make a Unit Plan 

Create a rough layout or floor plan for how you'll arrange boxes and items in the storage unit. You can do this by drawing out your storage space on paper or utilizing a 3D floor plan app. Always consider the dimensions of your storage space, including HEIGHT. 

In this unit plan, implement aisles and walkways to ensure easy access to all parts of the storage unit. This layout helps locate things easily and prevents the risk of damage when retrieving them.

5. Maximize Your Storage Space with Stacking & Shelving

Most storage units are up to 10 feet tall, so take advantage of that space! To maximize your storage unit space, you need to use height by using a stacking method and diy shelving. 

Stack boxes high with your heavier items need to be on the bottom and lighter items on the top. When stacking, make sure your boxes aren’t too high where you can’t reach them or are at risk of toppling over. You can stack furniture, just make sure it's stable and protected from potential damage. 

If you still need extra room, install sturdy freestanding or wall-mounted shelving units. This is a great option for those with long-term storage needs. 

Maximize storage space by nesting furniture together when not in use. This method helps save space and keeps your storage unit organized.

Looking to rent a storage unit in LaGrange, GA? 

Airport Storage & Trucks offers a variety of self-storage units ready to rent today! With our climate-controlled and non-climate controlled storage units, you will be sure to find the right storage space for your belongings. 

Our Offerings include: 

  • Non-Climate controlled storage unit sizes (drive-up access): 5'x10', 10'x10', 10'x20', 10'x30'

  • Climate Controlled storage units sizes: 5'x10', 10'x10', 10'x20'

Reserve a storage unit today with Airport Storage & Trucks! 

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