How to maintain your storage space?

Storage TipsApril 30, 2021

Most people choose to rent a storage space these days. The convenience that it offers is amazing, especially in the larger cities where many apartments are small. However, what most people do not realize is that you need to maintain your storage space from time to time unless you are using specialized moving and storage Columbus Ohio services. If not, you may want to make maintaining easier on yourself. For this, you will want to have an up-to-date inventory list, consider replacing your containers with transparent ones, and organize your storage unit accordingly. In this article, we are going to go over the ways to maintain your storage unit more efficiently.

How to maintain your storage space with ease?

Here is what you will need to do:

  • Create an inventory list
  • Use transparent plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes
  • If possible, disassemble furniture and store items upright in order to keep storage space decluttered
  • Place heavy and bulky items on the bottom
  • Place frequently used items in the front if you want to keep your storage space tidy
  • Label everything properly

Of course, you need to take your specific storage unit into account, as well. Make sure that you notice any parts of it that require regular maintenance, and schedule it accordingly. Many of the storage units Columbus Ohio need to be checked in from time to time, to ensure that they are in optimal condition. But for the most part, maintaining your space is going to be easy if you follow these instructions.

Create an inventory list

The first thing that you need to do is create an extensive inventory list. This will allow you to better organize your belongings, which will make maintenance a lot easier. Furthermore, you will be able to get the most out of your storage Hilliard Ohio, as well. The inventory list will come in handy in the case of accidents, too. While they are not terribly common, they might happen from time to time. Having a list of all your belongings will be a world of help when dealing with an insurance agency, for example.

person creating a list, writing
Take your time, create an inventory list as best way to maintain your storage space

Use transparent plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes

Once you have the list of your items all sorted out, it is time to choose the proper containers for your belongings. Usually, people choose cardboard boxes due to how cheap they are. However, you can have a much easier time maintaining your storage space if you opt for transparent plastic bins. They will allow you to know, at a glance, the contents of each bin. This will make it easier to move the bins around and will help with the overall maintenance effort. You can get these bins as part of packing services, or order them on your own. In any case, they are well worth considering for the amazing convenience and utility that they bring. Sure, they are a bit more expensive than cardboard boxes but they last a lot longer as well. They might be a great investment as they can serve you well if you need to go through a relocation process one day.

If possible, disassemble furniture and store items upright in order to preserve your storage space

The greatest “threats” to maintaining your unit efficiently are the big furniture items. You may want to disassemble them as much as you can and store them upright. That will make it a lot easier to navigate around them or to move them if you need to. You will be able to clean and maintain the unit much easier if they are out of the way. However, some items cannot be easily disassembled and you might need to resort to other solutions.

wooden piece of furniture with shelves and drawers on the wall
Your furniture is going to take a lot less space if you disassemble it.

Place heavy and bulky items on the bottom

Always try to have the heaviest (and bulkiest) items at the bottom of the unit. They are able to support other boxes and bins and need to be on the floor. Otherwise, you are risking serious damage and injury when maintaining your unit. You want the lighter boxes on the top so even if they fall on your head by accident, you are not risking a significant trauma. Also, it will be a lot easier to manage the heavier boxes and items if they are on the floor. Remember, lift with your legs, not with your back! This small piece of advice can save you from many an injury!

Place frequently used items in the front if you want to maintain your storage space

But the best way to make maintaining your storage space easy is to place all the items you think you will be using often right in the front. Normally, you know which tools or items you will need sooner rather than later. You don’t want to rifle through the entire unit to get to them, every single time. No, simply have them be somewhere in the front, where you can easily access them as soon as you open the door! Of course, try not to overwhelm that space either, as you may need to remove all those items before getting to something in the back. As with almost everything else in life, moderation is key here!

tool boxes
Your tools are prime examples of which items to put in front.

Label everything properly

Lastly, if you want to be able to maintain your storage space optimally, you will need to properly label all of your boxes. Of course, this is less important if you are using transparent bins but is beneficial even then. You want to know at a glance how heavy the box might be, or how delicate the contents are. While you may think that you will perfectly remember each box, time does take its toll on our memory. The labels are going to be the only things that will enable you to remember what exactly that brown box with a spot contains. So, take your time and label every single box. You can thank us later!

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