How To Keep Your Self Storage Unit Clean and Organized

Stacks of cardboard boxes in storage with labels to tell what is inside each one.

In storage units large and small, organization is essential. Well-organized units maximize space-saving storage, reduce the risk of accidents, and make locating items a breeze for their tenants. Maintain the order and cleanliness of your self storage unit and unveil essential tips and strategies for keeping your stored items in top condition.

This blog will guide you through maximizing space, knowing how to declutter, and ensuring easy access to your belongings whenever you need them. From proper storage techniques and organization ideas to seasonal maintenance tips, keep reading for a comprehensive guide to tidying up your self storage space.

Clean Regularly

Even in the nicest storage facilities, dust, dirt, and debris can build up in storage units over time, damaging items and contributing to disorganization. To keep your storage unit organized and keep your belongings in excellent condition, schedule regular visits to tidy up.

You’ll be amazed at how much better it feels to use a storage unit that’s spic and span. Cleaning often will not only keep your belongings in tiptop shape, but it will also allow you to find what you’re looking for. In addition, you can get rid of any unwanted items or add any additional items to your unit. Cleaning helps you see what you have and where to find it.

Create a List

Speaking of storage unit visits, it’s common for most renters to visit their self storage spaces only a handful of times yearly. This means there are months when the storage units sit untouched and likely not thought about.

When it’s time to grab an item after a season away from the storage unit, it can be difficult to remember whether it is there. To maintain optimal organization from afar and save time and energy, make a master list of all the contents stored in your storage unit.

That way, when you search for an item after an extended period, you can refer to your list to confirm (or disconfirm) that you did store it after all. If you want to go further, simply label each box with a number, record the number on your paper of choice, and then list the contents. You know what you have in which box, preventing you from digging through each box to find what you’re looking for.

Man sorting boxes and organizing them for storage.

Categorize Your Boxes

Yes, box-sizing and placement in a storage unit are essential, but before this, it’s crucial to pack boxes intelligently to ensure optimal organization. We recommend filling each box according to categories. The strategy is simple: Pick a category and fill your box with things in that category.

You might choose a category based on what the items are used for, when you use the items, where you would store the items in your home or business, or the owner of the items. Whichever categories you choose, keeping your boxes ordered will make it easier to find things down the road. Packing your boxes by category will also help with another critical component of storage unit organization: labeling.

Label Your Boxes

Labeling the boxes going into your storage unit is the first thing you want to do and probably one of the most important. Even when boxes are correctly packed and placed, storage disorder can still be an issue when boxes aren’t properly labeled. It is also best to label your boxes before you seal them up to be 100% accurate when writing what’s inside.

Before sealing up each box and storing it, take the time to write its contents on the outside in legible, clearly visible writing. Be as detailed as possible. By labeling your boxes with a detailed list of their contents, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for without opening each box with every visit to your unit.

Man laying boxes on top of another.

Create a Walkway

You must have space to walk around to navigate and get easy access to your belongings in your storage unit. Creating walkways allows you to get to more boxes with greater ease. They also allow you to rearrange quickly when necessary.

Add one or two walkways in your storage unit to save yourself from facing a wall of boxes or a disorganized pile every time you remove or deposit your belongings. Create and maintain walkways inside your storage unit so you can retrieve your stored items without having to unload half your storage unit. This will save you time and energy to avoid lifting and moving heavy boxes out of your way to get what you need.

Keep Your Self Storage Unit Organized With Stor All

Organizing your storage may feel like a draining chore, but Stor All Storage is here to help with tips and tricks to make the process easier. If you’re unsure where to start, our storage tips and storage FAQ page have just what you’re looking for to get the help you need.

At Stor All, every storage feature is designed with each customer’s convenience and satisfaction in mind and built to standards forged from years of experience in the self storage industry. If you have additional questions, contact our team today or visit a nearby facility to get started!

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