People use Planet Storage’s self-storage units for all kinds of reasons. Some of us are between houses and need a place to store our belongings before we move into our amazing new place! Some of us don’t have enough time to sort through and weed out the stuff we don’t have room for or get rid of the stuff we just can’t bring ourselves to get rid of. But are you like us? When you decided to get a self storage unit, did you ask your self these two questions?
- Am I storing for the right reasons?
- Is my storage well organized?
Well we have answers. To take control of your storage life, follow these guidelines.
The first way to get organized in your storage life is to decide what you really, honestly need and want to store. Deciding to get a storage unit can be a blessing in disguise. It can give you the opportunity to purge (if need be) but at the very least can force you to decide to store items that you truly use periodically (like your Christmas ornaments and your skis) and sensitive things like art and wine. (Go with climate a controlled environment. Trust me, its worth it). Also, keep this mind…storage may not be a great solution for precious family heirlooms and important documents.
Next, get organized. Take a photo of each thing or set of things in the unit, and keep a list that includes these photos. This will help you avoid paying to store things you don’t remember you own. Put everything you can in covered plastic containers. This is just smart thinking. First, it will protect your things from dust etc. Second, if you have a non-climate controlled unit it will also help to repel mold and mildew. I think its a good idea to use plastic containers no matter what kind of storage unit you have. If you don’t want to use the plastic containers, try using professional moving boxes. Finally, label everything. This makes everything easier to find. I’ve personally watched clients here at Planet Storage curse a blue streak because they couldn’t find something that they KNOW they stored in their unit…only to find it in the last box they check. Funny to the onlooker, three units down. Not so funny for them.
Store your stuff
Load your unit carefully. Measuring your bigger items will help you plan the best positioning. Put the larger items in first, against the back wall, covering furniture surfaces with blankets to avoid scratches. Next put in medium-sized stuff, and finally stack boxes in the front. Boxes can stack on top of furniture as well.
If you’re using the storage unit as a way to organize things you need regular access to, bring in some large utility shelves to line against the walls. These can hold wine bottles, art pieces, boxes of decorations, file boxes of documents, or other relatively small items.
Choosing a facility (like ours) that has good security is important. A good facility should require codes for the entry doors and allow you to install your own lock on the unit door. It’s also smart to get insured. Planet Storage offers tenant insurance that is built into the cost of paying for your storage. Sure you can refuse it. But why would you? Also, for added coverage, see if your homeowners’ insurance policy covers off-premises self-storage.
Do you maintain a storage unit here at Planet? What do you store, and how do you organize it?