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No-Nonsense Storage Tips and Strategies

Want to organise your storage unit? Want to decide what to store? Want to read tips on buying other people's storage units? Regardless of what you hope to learn about storage, I want to share it here. Hi, my name is Chelsea, and as an avid collector who has almost always lived in small spaces, I have had to hire countless storage units. Now, I want to share knowledge from my experiences with you. Please, explore these blog posts -- I hope they will help you. When I'm not writing here or in my journal, I curate my collections. I have a number of collections, but my favourites are my mid-century modern doll furniture collection and my circa 1980's Disney wrist watch collection. Enjoy reading!

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5 Top Tips for Organising Your Self Storage Unit

Whether you use self-storage for your business or for things have no room for, you will always benefit from a well-organised unit.

These top tips will ensure that you'll be able to put your hands on something when you need it, saving you time and irritation.

Shelving Units

Many storage units come as an empty space, with no shelving. Depending on your use, this may work better for you. However, if you're planning on keeping your storage for a while, say for business purposes, then investing in plastic modular shelving units (designed for garages) is a good idea. These can be picked up cheaply, new and used. When not in use, they can be dismantled and stored with ease.

Label, Map and Plan

Labelling boxes and keeping labels facing forward saves time in the long run, making things easy to find quickly. Making a map of where you've placed items is an excellent way to save time. You can tape this to the back of the storage unit door. A quick glance will help you locate what you're looking for instantly. Think about the items you will want to access most and organise your storage unit so that these are within reach.

Sturdy Stacks and Sensible Sizes

When stacking, position according to weight and size. Place heavy and large boxes at the bottom. This will ensure your stack is sturdy and your items aren't at risk of being squashed.

It's a good idea to place books and heavy items in small boxes. This will prevent you from overfilling them, making them too heavy to carry. Likewise, use larger boxes for lighter items. Using similar sized boxes when stacking is easier and allows you to make the best use of the available space. The integrity of your stack is compromised by a weak box. Make sure your boxes are not damaged.

Safeguard Your Valuables

If you are storing small valuable items, these should go at the rear of your unit with larger less expensive items at the front. These are less likely to be spotted, should your unit be broken into.

Leave Space

Cover items that can be scratched (like wooden furniture) with blankets. Leaving gaps between things allows air to circulate and reduces the possibility of mildew and mold. If at all possible, leave a walkway. This means you won't have to pull everything out to get to an item at the back.

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