When you first open up that storage unit you’ve been desperately needing, it can look like a huge space, but once you get a few pieces of big furniture, space can quickly dwindle away. Maximizing your storage space can be cost-effective, efficient, and overall easier to use. These tips and tricks can help you figure out how to maximize storage space, and make your storage unit feel organized and clutter-free.
Get rid of stuff
This is the easiest, simplest way to make room in your storage unit is to get rid of some things. Go through piece by piece of what you plan to keep in your storage unit, and thoroughly assess if you will need this item or if it will just be collecting dust in the back of the unit. This will help you save space before you even start. Instead of just throwing unwanted items away, you can donate them to your local thrift store.
Create a list of inventory
Chances are, you won’t be able to remember every single item that you put in your storage unit. Creating a list of inventory will make it easier to grab things from your unit when you need them, and you won’t have to dig through a mountain of stuff to get to it.
Map it out
No matter how tedious this may seem, it is a great way to save storage space. While you’re creating an inventory list you can also start to map out where exactly you’ll be putting things. You could even resolve some problems before you start, realize you could get by with a smaller unit or need to get a size up. Try to think where is the best place for fragile items? Seasonal items? Outdoor gear? These are all important factors that can maximize storage space.
Disassemble furniture/large items
Disassembling large items is a sure-fire way to create some more storage space. Check and see which items you can disassemble, (many new furniture pieces can be quickly disassembled for ideal storage) and refer back to your floor plan on where the best location would be. Be sure to hold on to all the extra pieces!
Store heavy items on the ground, in the back
While this seems intuitive, it can easily be overlooked when you get started filling up your storage unit. You’ll be able to stack lighter items on top, and you won’t have to dig through your heaviest items just to get to those family photos in the back. Once you start putting things away, it’s hard and time-consuming to have to take everything out and start over. So again, refer to your custom floor plan so you don’t forget!
Starting with the heavy items on the ground (of course) stack boxes, crates and storage bins as high as you can. This will enable you to utilize the full capacity of the storage unit. You can even stack furniture like couches and tables upright to make more space. Also, take advantage of extra storage space if you’re storing items like bookcases or shelving.
Ample Storage in Reno, NV
We hope this blog has provided some insight into how to maximize storage space and taken some of the stress out of the process. Here at Ample Storage, we strive for customer convenience, and we guarantee the safety and security of all our self serve storage units. Feel free to contact us or pop into our office at 8057 S. Virginia Street to get started!