Organize Your Lawton Self Storage Unit Like a Pro!
If there’s anything worse than not being able to find something when you need it, it’s being sure that you know where it is and still not being able to find it. We’ve all seen that bit in Raiders of the Lost Ark where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and stored in a warehouse that seems to go on forever, and you don’t want your self storage unit to start looking like that. Here’s how you can organize your Lawton self storage unit like a pro and find what you need when you’re looking for it!
Stock up on supplies. As with any other job, making the most of self storage in Lawton starts with the right tools. In this case, the right tools include cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, mattress or garment bags, labels and markers, and so on. You should shop for supplies based on what you’re going to be storing and make sure that you have plenty of whatever you need. It’s easier to do all the packing at once when you don’t have to make frequent stops to pick up fresh supplies, and you’ll get better use out of your self storage unit if you don’t have to improvise packing materials.
Use boxes that are the same size. It may be tempting to pack heavier things into smaller boxes so the box itself weighs less, but using boxes that are the same size helps you to make the best use of your space. Same-size boxes are easier (and safer) to stack and access. It’s also always a good idea to use new boxes, rather than repurposing boxes that you have lying around the house or that you got from a grocery store. These hold up better and help to keep your belongings safer.
Label, label, label. Remember that Raiders warehouse? The easiest way to keep your self storage unit from turning into a confusing, frustrating puzzle is to make sure that you label each and every box. You probably won’t want to list every single item on the side of each box, but come up with a system that works for you. Many people use a category and numbering system, which then references a master list of everything that’s stored in the unit. There are also apps that can generate scannable labels and digital lists.
Go with a usable layout. When putting items in your Lawton self storage unit, think in terms of access, not just space. The things you’ll need to get to most frequently should be nearest the door and the most easily accessible. Create aisles so that you can walk around or between boxes, and make sure that you can access each box without difficulty. Shelving is your friend! Not only does shelving help to keep boxes off the floor and make them easily accessible, it also saves time if you need to get into boxes that are on the bottom.
Create a master list. We mentioned this before. You should have a master list of everything that’s in your self storage unit, including what’s in each and every box. You can keep a copy inside the unit or use a smart phone app like Microsoft To Do so that you have your list on the go. Keep a copy at home, too, just to be safe.
Organize by person, by room, and by season. It’ll make your life a whole lot easier if you keep like items together. That means everything that belongs to you goes in the same box; everything that belongs to little Susie goes in one box; everything that belongs to your mother-in-law goes in one box, ditto the cat, dog, etc. It also means breaking up boxes by room, so that kitchen items are kept together, for example, and also breaking things up by season. If you’re storing clothes or holiday decorations during the off-season, it’s a good idea to keep them organized by the season to which they belong, so that it’s easy to pull out all the summer clothes when warm weather starts up again.
You can also organize by activity. Not everything fits neatly into one of those other categories, and it always helps to keep things together that go together. Sometimes that means organizing by what the stuff is used for, such as knitting accoutrements, stuff that you take to the pool, baseball gear, scrapbooking supplies, and so on.
Don’t bury the important stuff. Just because you’re putting something into self storage in Lawton doesn’t mean that you won’t still want to access it from time to time. It’s a good idea to keep items that you’ll be getting into more frequently close to the front of the unit so they’re easily accessible. That’ll save you a lot of time and hassle down the road.
Consider a larger storage unit. Don’t be afraid to go bigger. You want to be able to easily navigate within your unit and access all the stuff that you have stored there. When you’re calculating how much space you’ll need, don’t simply factor in only the amount of space that all your boxes will take up. Fortunately, if you have a storage unit that’s getting a little crowded, it’s easy to upgrade. At Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma, we’re happy to help you transfer. Just call the on-site manager to get the process started. And if you’re looking to rent a new unit and are unsure of how much space you’ll need, our handy self storage calculator can help you decide!
Keep it clean. A storage unit is like a house: No matter how nice the facility is, dust, dirt, and debris can still get into your unit over time. To keep your unit organized and make sure everything stays in great condition, it’s a good idea to drop by a couple of times a year, if only to tidy up.
Whether you just need someplace to keep a few things or need to move an entire house worth of stuff out of the way, you’ll find the perfect storage solution at Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Lawton. We’re a Class-A-designated storage company that’s been serving the community for decades, and we’re here to help you with every aspect of your next self storage project!