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The Benefits of Long-Term Storage


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The Benefits of Long-Term Storage

When I started a new job a few years ago, I had no idea how frequently I would be moving. Unfortunately, I found myself relocating every few months, and I realized that I didn't want to take all of my stuff with me every time. Instead of getting rid of half of my belongings, I decided to rent a storage unit. In addition to making it easy to simply stash my things when I had to hit the road, my storage unit also became a dynamic, easy place to store things like holiday decorations and clothes my kids had outgrown. This blog is all about the benefits of long-term storage, so that you can use your unit to its full potential.

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The Art Of Filling Your Self Storage Space For Easy Access: Solutions That Make Sense

Do you dread going to your self storage unit? Does it take you hours to find anything? If so, there's an easier way to store and access items in your self storage unit. These tips will help you organize your self storage in a way that makes sense.

Add Aisles

Add aisles to your storage unit to provide easy access to everything inside—even items at the back. Build in enough aisles so that each row of boxes is only one box deep. Depending on the size of the unit, this could be one or two aisles. If you have more than one aisle in your storage unit, connect the aisles at the back to form a U shape. This will enable you to have easy access to items at the back. 

Take a Back-To-Front Mentality

Think of your self storage unit in zones. At the back of your self storage unit, you'll put those items that you access the least. For many people, this would be sentimental items and old furniture and appliances. At the front of your self storage unit, put those items that you access on a regular basis. This might include items like holiday decorations, seasonal clothing or camping gear.

Use Shelves or Go Modular

Boxes at the bottom of tall stacks are difficult to access, and tall stacks have a way of leaning or becoming top-heavy. To ensure that all boxes are easy to reach and your stacks are stable, use durable metal shelves to hold your boxes. If you don't want to install shelves in your self storage unit, you can still prevent your stacks from leaning by using plastic bins that fit together in a modular way.

Group Like Items

Grouping like items will ensure that you don't have to search all over your storage unit just to find all the boxes you need. Clustering boxes that contain the same type of item will help you find everything quickly. For example, keep all your Halloween decorations in one place, and all your Christmas decorations together nearby.

Use Color Codes

Color codes make it easy to keep all like items together. For example, put all your Halloween decorations into black and white plastic bins, and put all your Christmas decorations into green and plastic bins. This makes it really easy to identify each type of box without having to read old faded labels.

For more information, contact Queensborough Mini Storage in New Westminster or a similar location.