Although the average size of the American household has decreased and the size of the average American home has become bigger, consumerism is the primarily culprit driving the need for the approximate 1.875 billion square feet of self storage space in the country. More and more people are signing up for self-storage units, and, as a result of the higher demand, the cost of owning more space has also increased. Despite the fact that your storage unit may seem relatively small, you can pack in a lot of things if you know how. Here are 3 ways to make the most of your space.
Don't just store everything on the ground and let vertical space go to waste. Since you are paying for every inch of space that you get, make use of vertical space with the use of shelves. Store similar items on the same shelf separately or in boxes, and label not only the boxes, but also the sides of the shelves with the type of items that are being stored. This way, finding what you're looking for at a later time will be a lot easier. You won't have to rummage through a heap of items.
Make Use of Overhead Space
After you have organized all of the shelves in aisles so that you can easily find what you're looking for, don't forget to make use of the overhead space in the aisles. Most storage units will have small hooks installed to the sides and corners of the walls or the ceiling. You can easily use a piece of string or wire to hang some of the smaller items. For example, if you are storing paintbrushes, you can easily hang the paintbrushes by their handles. Not only will this allow you to make the most of your space, but you'll also be protecting the bristles on the brushes, as they won't be smushed against a hard surface.
Take Apart Large Furniture and Equipment
If you're going to be storing anything large in your storage unit, see if you can take it apart. For example, if you're going to be storing a large table, see if the legs of the table can be removed and stored separately. Do not store an entire bed frame as-is. Take it apart and put the miscellaneous parts in properly labelled boxes. You'd be surprised at just how much space you'll be able to save doing this alone.
By taking a little extra time and effort in organizing your storage unit, you'll make the most use of out of the space you are renting. This way, you won't have to rent a much larger storage unit each and every month, and you'll still be able to easily find what you're looking for in the future.
Contact the owner of a storage facility like Statewide Self Storage in your area to get started.