A storage unit is great tool to clean up the clutter around your house, but too much neglect can result in a cluttered storage unit as well. Now is a good time to check on your items and go through them. You may discover things you’ve forgotten about that should be in your home, and maybe others that can be donated or discarded.
High temperatures can be damaging to precious items such as photographs and collectibles. The heat can weaken materials and cause items to become fragile and fade over time. Keep these types of items off the ground but not stacked too high, since heat rises. Delicate items stored close to the ground could become a snack if rodents or insects get inside the unit.
Climate-controlled storage units are becoming increasingly popular, and they are a great solution for people who have a lot of precious and delicate items they wish to store. A climate-controlled or air-conditioned unit may be a better storage solution for these items than a hot attic or damp basement. The next time you visit your storage unit, ask the facility manager if they offer climate-controlled options. Having a unit with climate control will also make visits to your unit much more enjoyable knowing you won’t be working inside an uncomfortably hot or cold unit.
Replace Cardboard with Plastic Boxes
Trading cardboard storage boxes for plastic may sound like a lot of work; however the effort and expense can pay off in protection. Cardboard doesn’t hold up as well as clear plastic containers, you can’t see through them, and it is easier for rodents and pests to eat through cardboard.
There is truth to the old expression “out of sight, out of mind.” Items that aren’t in your home are easy to forget. And are you really going to remember that you packed that one serving dish in the box labeled “bathroom” 5 years from now? Taking inventory doesn’t have to be difficult. Use a permanent marker or label maker to number each container and make a list of everything in each box. You can use a mobile app or spreadsheet to keep track of everything in your storage unit. Once your stored belongings are inventoried, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is to locate what you need. Plus your inventory will be important information if you ever have to file an insurance claim for damage to your stored belongings due to water, mold, fire, or vermin.
Organizing your storage unit with an efficient layout can make it even easier to find what you need. Boxes that you know won’t be getting any attention for quite some time should be stored closer to the back and bottom of your unit. Items that you will need to access often should be stored in the front and near the door. Another good tip is to store furniture against the walls of your unit and up on pallets so they aren’t in the way while you navigate through your items.
When is the last time you checked on your storage unit? We hope these tips will be useful when you decide to inventory and organize your stored belongings. Have a tip you’d like us to know about? Share it in the comments below!