Storage Unit Essentials: What to Buy to Stay Organized
Spring is almost here, and that means most homeowners are also planning their annual spring cleaning! For some it may be a quick sweep; for others, it could be a deep dive into the stacks of stuff that have been growing out of control in the basement and garage all winter.
If it’s the former, lucky you! If it’s the latter, though, we have some tips on self storage essentials that you might want to pick up. They’ll help you to be better organized when you pack some things into your new self storage space in Lawton.
Shelves – Shelves are handy. They keep things organized, out of the way, off the floor, and, maybe best of all, easy to retrieve! Fortunately, because shelves are so useful, there are a lot of shelving options available. You probably have decorative shelves around your house that are functional but also match your home décor. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about the look of your shelves in your Lawton self storage unit, and you can pick up sturdy metal shelving for practically nothing at most of the big box stores in the area.
Clothing Racks – There’s a reason we keep clothes in the closet at home. Clothes create a bulky mess that can be hard to untangle when it’s been put in a box. Plus, it’s tough to find what you’re looking for when you have to dig through a bunch of similar-looking clothes. The good news: When you’re putting your winter coats into self storage in Lawton, you can pick up some garment racks. These are portable closets where you can hang your clothes. It’s also a good idea to pick up clothing storage or garment bags to help keep your clothes fresh and free from pests, even if you’re going to be keeping them in climate-controlled self storage.
Storage Boxes – As handy as shelves and clothing racks are, the number-one item on your self storage packing prep list should be sturdy cardboard boxes, followed by tape and labels. You’ll probably need boxes of every size and shape. To get an idea of what you need before you buy, make piles of what’s going into boxes to get a clearer picture of how much space it will take up. Resist the urge to re-use old boxes. Old boxes can easily break while you’re in the midst of moving and create a big mess.
Pallets – Ever wonder what you could do with that unused wooden pallet? It’s a good way to keep boxes off the floor of your self storage unit. Keeping boxes up off the floor helps protect them from moisture, mildew, and pests, and it also makes them easier to access.
Plastic Bins – For most things, cardboard boxes are great. Some stuff is more sensitive to moisture and humidity, though, and for those things, there are plastic bins. You can hit Walmart or other major stores to pick these up. Plastic bins are a great place to safely store books, papers, and other things that need climate-controlled self storage in Lawton.
Packing Supplies – We already mentioned labels and tape, and those are the key components of your packing supplies. You may also want permanent markers so that you can write on boxes and labels. Have breakable items? Get some bubble wrap or sheets of packing foam, which is perfect to put between dishes or framed pictures.
If you’re going to be putting items into self storage in Lawton, it pays to have them properly packed beforehand. Doing the job right means having the right tools, which is where proper packing supplies come in.
The next step is keeping your belongings in a safe, secure, reliable self storage facility in Lawton. That’s where Storage ‘R’ Us comes in. We’ve been serving the community since 1972, and we’ll be happy to help you with your spring cleaning this year!