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Lack of storage space is a common problem for New Yorkers. The cost of apartments is very high, so people have to rent smaller apartments or have a roommate. This means, you either don’t have enough storage space in your apartment or have to share one. Luckily, you can rent good storage units to keep your items that don’t fit in your current home. Also, storage units are very useful during relocation with moving companies NYC. All is good as long you can fit all your belongings in one storage unit. The problem starts when your storage units become too small for your belongings. Sometimes, you don’t need to get a bigger storage unit. You might just didn’t use the full advantage of your storage unit. For this reason, here are a few ways how to organize your storage unit and use it to full advantage.

How can you take full advantage of your storage unit?

There are many situations when renting a storage unit is a huge benefit. You can rent a storage space Manhattan temporarily during relocation or for longer to keep some of your items. Now, you can’t just put your items in a storage unit and call it a job well done. First, you need to find a storage unit at a good location and in the right size with adequate additional services. Storage units at more popular locations are more expensive as are bigger units or units with climate-controlled conditions. Additionally, you can rent storage units for long or short term, outdoor or indoor units, etc. After you picked your storage unit, you need to organize it so you can use it to your full advantage. To do that, you should do the following steps:

  • Make an inventory
  • Declutter your items
  • Disassemble your furniture
  • Use bins
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There are many ways to take full advantage of your storage unit

Make an inventory of your belongings

The biggest mistake you can make is to just keep pilling up items in the storage unit without any order. You will only create a mess and you will soon use all space in a storage unit. For this reason, you should make inventory storage. Making an inventory is not hard but very useful. You only need some free time and determination to do it. Also, you should start making an inventory right from the start. Write down in a notebook or create a document on your laptop all items that you are currently storing in a storage unit. Additionally, you should take pictures and keep them in one place. As you keep adding items to your storage unit, don’t forget to write them down on your list. This way, you will know all the time where your items are and what you are keeping in storage units.

How to store your furniture?

Furniture takes up most of the space in the storage unit. Keeping them in their original form will take up a lot of storage space and you won’t have enough space for other items. For this reason, you should disassemble your furniture before you store them in storage units. If you are going to store your furniture in short term storage Manhattan, you can skip this step as you won’t keep them for a long time. Almost all wooden furniture can be disassembled with the right tools. You will need tools such as a wrench set, hammer, hex keys, screwdrivers, a drill, etc. Also, if you don’t know how to use these tools, you should ask someone to help you. Luckily, you can find instructions online or even tutorials on how to disassemble a certain piece of furniture.

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Disassemble your furniture to save space in your storage unit

How to store your smaller items?

If you are going to store your items in long term storage, you should make an order in your storage unit. First, you should put bigger items such as furniture at the back of the unit. Also, put less-used items in the same place. The next ones to store are smaller items. The way to store smaller items is to keep them in cardboard boxes or plastic bins. Plastic bins are a better solution as they offer more protection against pests, moisture, water, dust, etc. You should keep similar items in one plastic bin or items from the same room. Also, you can label bins with numbers and then write down which items are stored in which containers. You can say it’s a win-win situation for you. After you labeled and closed your plastic bins, you can put them on top of bigger furniture or stack them up.

Decluttering is an important step as well

You probably don’t want to hear this, but you should declutter some of your belongings. Sure, one of the reasons why did you get a storage unit was to avoid decluttering in the first place. However, you should declutter your storage unit regularly just like you need to declutter your home. There is no use keeping some items in the storage unit if you won’t use them anymore. Maybe, you can even get a smaller storage unit and save money in the process. For this reason, you should declutter every item that you didn’t use in the last six months, items that are just too old or broken. You can donate items that are in good condition. Also, you can sell them or give them to your family or friends. Throw away only items that are broken or are too old or shabby-looking.

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Don’t store useless belongings

Leave some space for you

As you can see, there are many ways to take full advantage of your storage unit with little tricks and tips. However, don’t forget to leave some space, so you can get items that are stored at the back. Also, you can put plastic drop cloth at the bottom of the storage unit, so that your items can be even more protected from dampness and moisture. Now, you are ready to rent a storage unit as you know all the tips for organizing a storage unit properly.

 

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Born and raised in the upper east side of NYC. I consider myself an expert with anything moving or storage related aspects in New York City. Having been in the NYC relocation industry for almost two decades I found myself at a point that I am able to answer and help my clients on the first phone call. NYC is amazing and I can't wait for it to recover from the COVID related closures. Feel free to email or call anytime! 212-244-4011