The Best Storage Stratgies

Two Tips for Reorganising a Messy and Very Full Storage Unit

by Elaine Johnson

If your storage unit is messy, full and needs to undergo some serious reorganisation, here are some tips to follow.

Do This Task at a Time When the Storage Facility Won’t Be Busy​

It's best to reorganise the unit at a time when the storage facility won't be busy. The reason for this is that when you're reorganising a large number of items that are stored in an enclosed space, it can be helpful to pull all of the items out and spread them across an empty floor area, and then begin organising them into categorised piles in this area before putting everything where you want it to go in the storage space.

However, if your unit is completely full, it probably doesn't have much free floor space in which to do this categorising and reorganising. As such, you may need to temporarily make use of the floor just beyond your unit to do this. If when you're doing this, there are lots of other customers coming and going along the corridor in which your unit is located, your belongings might not only be a nuisance that makes it harder for them to leave or get into their units and there's a possibility that another customer might accidentally stand on and break one of your items. As such, it's best to do this when you don't think there'll be many other people around.

Additionally, it's important not to take this too far and scatter your belongings out all along the corridor, but to instead stick to the floor space that's beside your unit, as the storage facility staff may ask you to move these belongings if you spread them out too much around the facility.

Get Some Glow-In-The-Dark Labels​

It could also be very helpful to get some glow-in-the-dark labels for your containers. The reason for this is that although your unit probably has a ceiling light, this might not light up every section of the unit if the space is completely full, and there are containers that are stacked so high that they almost reach the unit's ceiling, as these will leave the other containers and shelves around them shrouded in darkness.

If however, each container has a glow-in-the-dark label that you can easily read even when it's in a shadowy corner, you'll not only find it easy to see where an item you want is, but you'll also be less tempted to return objects to the wrong containers, just because you cannot see the labels of the boxes in the unit's less well-lit areas. This, in turn, should allow you to maintain the results of your reorganisation session. 

For more information, contact a local storage unit facility.