Trying to find one box in an array of disorganized chaos can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating. You begin to ask yourself “Did I even pack my sweaters in here?” Stop the endless searching now, and get your storage unit organized. By following these easy steps, you will be able to effortlessly find items you packed weeks, months, even years ago.
Make a plan
First off, you need to decide what is being stored. This will give you an idea of what size unit you need, and which Houston storage location will provide easy access. Take a quick inventory of everything you plan on storing and determine if it can fit in a 5×10 unit, 10×20 unit, or maybe you need to upgrade to a larger size to fit your great aunt’s antique bookcase. This is also a good time to create a layout. Consider the items you will need to access frequently, those you only need on occasion, and items you won’t need to take out for a while. This will help you organize when packing, and develop a plan where to store it.
Now it’s time to pack. The best way to stay organized it to label and keep inventory. Try to mark directly on your boxes where you can see the label at a glance, without having to move too many things around. BigTex Storage offers boxes and packing supplies on site to assist you with your organizational needs. Another rule of thumb is don’t pack your boxes too heavily. You will want to painlessly pick them up and move them to and from your moving truck without straining yourself or needing support. This will also help prevent any boxes from breaking during the moving process. When getting ready to head to your storage unit, you will want to make sure you are packing your moving van or truck efficiently. Review your original plan and place the items that will be going in the back of the unit last so they are the first things you grab when unloading.
For more information on storing fragile items and preventing mildew in humid climates, check out our packing tips blog post for storage units in Houston.
You’ve arrived at your storage unit and are ready to load it up. Time to put the infamous plan into action. Start with your larger items, like furniture and appliances, and place them in the back and along the walls. The items you don’t need to access regularly can also be placed near the back and in the corners. Look at your prioritized layout and try to keep things you may need often in the front of the unit so they are easily accessible. If possible, form a walkway down the middle of the storage unit to access anything located in the back and along the walls.
Maximize and Maintain
If you find you have more inventory than expected there are ways to maximize your Houston storage unit and still maintain organization. A great space saver is utilizing your large appliances or accessories. If you have a refrigerator stored, you can stack boxes or items inside it. Same goes for a dresser or bookshelf; just make sure you are labeling the outside of your fridge and dresser so you know what is inside. Try to avoid stuffing them with heavy boxes to prevent any damage to dresser drawers. Once you have finished, make sure you keep your plan readily available. Your layout is fresh in your mind now, but you may need to refer to it later when you are trying to find the extra dishes you boxed up months ago. The best place to keep it is taped in your unit so you can access it when needed.