When storing items long term, it is incredibly important that you are able to find the items you need, when you need them. Unfortunately, this can be a serious problem for many of the people who chose to use self storage units. This is because in an attempt to fit as much as possible into their storage unit, many people choose to simply stack everything as tightly as possible rather than focusing on organization. As a result, these individuals will need to remove a large volume of boxes and furniture from their storage units before they are able to move around and find the items they need. Thankfully, there are some very simple organizational tips that you can use to avoid this problem when renting a storage unit of your own.

Always Leave Walking Room When Packing Your Storage Unit

It is extremely important that you are able to freely move from the front to the back of your storage unit without the need to remove any of the items from the unit. This will allow you to easily survey all of your stored items, identify the items that you need, and remove these items from storage without doing hours worth of unnecessary manual labor.

In order to ensure you are able to freely move about your storage unit, always leave aisles between each row of stored boxes or furniture. These aisles should be wide enough for you to pass through when carrying any of the items inside your storage unit.

Use Large, Colorful Labels To Identify The Contents Of Your Boxes

Reading a small label on the side of each box can be virtually impossible once all of your boxes are loaded into a storage unit. Consequently, you may find yourself struggling to identify what each box contains when you return to retrieve a specific item in the future. The use of large, colorful labels can help you to avoid this issue by making it easier to see the labels on each box, and giving you a secondary way to identify the contents even if you cannot read the wording on the label.

When assigning labels to each box, be sure to use a different color label for each type of item you will be storing. For instance, while pink labels may be used to identify items that belong in your daughter's bedroom, blue labels may be used for winter clothing. By applying this type of color coding to your labels, you will be able to easily identify the contents of each box in just a matter of seconds.