We’ve all been there: playing a real-life game of Tetris with a dozen objects and a finite amount of space. Unfortunately, life rarely works out as neatly as the game does. Today, we’re going to look at some tips to get you sorting, stacking and organizing your storage unit like a pro.
One advantage you have here over the popular puzzle game is the ability to make a game plan based on the pieces you know you will have. Capitalize on that! Take an inventory of the items you will be storing. This will give you an opportunity to identify troublesome items that are too big, bulky or awkward to stack. Also, start thinking about items that fit well together based on shape and size.
If you have a lot of items that belong in a particular room, is there a way to keep those items in boxes or containers together? Organizing your storage unit into zones like “bedrooms,” “bathrooms” and “clothing” can streamline your move-in and move-out. Measuring groups of items and sketching out a rough diagram is a good way to firm up your plan of attack. You may want to leave that diagram in your unit after moving in so you have a guide handy when you return.
For smaller items that can be packed together, check out our moving boxes, organizing bins and packing supplies .from retailers like The Container Store, Amazon, Wal-Mart, or right here! Keep track of what’s packed where by labeling your storage containers. You may also want to attach an itemized list to each box or bin.
Some of your larger items can be used as containers, too. Refrigerators, bookcases and dressers all have real estate that you don’t want to overlook. Just be careful not to exceed recommended weight capacity, and keep labels and lists for any items stored within.
Arrange your storage unit so that items needed often are placed near the front. Always put heavier items in the bottoms of containers, and begin building your stacks with those sturdy foundations.
Sofas, loveseats, mattresses and the like can be a little trickier. Springy cushions don’t make for safe and sturdy stacking. Plus, you could damage the furniture if you load it up with heavy items and leave it for extended periods of time. You may want to stand sofas and loveseats on their ends in a corner, but check with the manufacturer first to ensure it’s okay for the item to be stored this way.
If you run into problems, don’t hesitate to ask a Storage World self-storage FAQs . Our self-storage professionals are ready to help you seven days a week.