A self-storage unit is an inexpensive and convenient way to store seasonal or unused items. You just pack your stuff into boxes, put them in the unit, and shut the door, right? Sure, you can do it that way, but what if you just have to look at your high school yearbook from 1982. Maybe you want to see if you can still fit into your old cheerleading uniform, but it’s been ten years since you put it away. This is why labeling your boxes is so important.
The way you label your boxes is up to you. The important thing is to have a system and stick to it. You can label by what’s inside them, such as “Photographs, 1990s,” “Halloween Decorations,” or “Bowling Trophies.” You can also label boxes according to what items from rooms of the house they’re packed with , such as “Living room #1,” “Living room #2,” or “Kitchen #1.” It’s also a good idea to keep a more specific ledger of what’s in the boxes at home or taped to the wall of your storage unit.
Now that your box is labeled, it’s important to be able to find that specific box. For this reason, it’s recommended that you label each side of the box so you don’t have to do a lot of turning to see what’s inside. If possible, leave an aisle between rows of boxes for accessibility and ease of viewing. If this isn’t possible, make a map of where in the unit certain categories of items are stored, such as “Clothing,” “Sports Equipment,” or “Important Documents.”
Finally, how you arrange your boxes in the unit is very important. Things you rarely need access to should be stored in the back of the unit, and things you use more often should be toward the front of the unit.
For more tips on organizing your self-storage unit, call STORBOX’s Pasadena facility at (626) 793-9888.