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Opting for a storage unit when the need for additional space arises is a decision many tend to make. With an abundance of quality storage units, that provide safety and security to one’s belongings, we believe that such a choice is by no means wrong. Storage space can be like a room away from your home. A place where you keep all the items that you do not use on a daily basis. Items that would otherwise take up a large amount of space, and clutter your normal daily functioning in your house. If you are of the same opinion and are eager to rent one… You must be wondering how would one go about loading a storage unit! Well, we will answer that question in great detail. What’s more, we will address this subject so as to enhance easy access and navigation through your storage unit.

It is our belief that the easy and hassle-free access to your belongings is of great importance. Ever since your relocation to NYC with the help of Midtown movers, you must have been acquainted, at least by word, of the harsh winters this city is struck with. Now, imagine having all of your coats and jackets neatly stored somewhere in your storage unit when a sudden storm hits. You would need to act quick, and be able to find what you need fairly easy. Well, with an organized storage unit, that will be borderline impossible. A little bit of planning ahead is helpful in the long run and can spare you these inconveniences.

A library aisle
Making your storage unit resemble a library is an aspiration worth praising.

Loading a storage unit should begin with proper box choice

In order to handle loading a storage unit so that the end result is a neat and tidy space, it is advisable to allocate same-sized boxes for this endeavor. Or at least go for one-sized boxes for the majority of your belongings. This will tremendously help with stacking and accessibility. Your safest choice is small and medium boxes. Now, big boxes have their advantages. They are excellent for items that are not too heavy. However, they tend not to hold up well at the bottom of large stacks. Large boxes that are at the bottom of a stack are, in addition, more difficult to remove if you need some of their contents. And, it can be pretty hard to handle a big box… Especially if it’s up high, and you want to take it down.

Identify items that you may need more frequent access to

People opt for storage units in order to set aside items they don’t use on a regular basis. However, you need to further define the hierarchy of these belongings. That is to say, you will need more categories than just the one that says ‘don’t need these for everyday use’. So, you ought to carefully consider what you may need while your items are in storage. Give extra thought to seasonal items. To give you an idea, things you may need to retrieve from your storage unit would include:

  • winter and summer clothing pieces
  • tip supplies (snorkeling great, sleds, cookout utensils, sleeping bags, tents, etc)
  • holiday-themed items (costumes, decorations, bakeware)
  • kids toys (if you have moved with kids, chances are that some of the boxes with toys have been forgotten. use this to surprise your kid with a ”new” box of toys when they get bored of the ones they held onto after the move)
  • tools and hobby supplies
  • office documents
A kid playing with toys
If you plan on surprising your kind with ”old-new” toys anytime soon, make sure to keep that box close.

Make sure to label each box you pack

Even if you are Sherlock Holmes, and are proficient with utilizing your mind palace when it comes to memory, remembering where every item is would just be a waste of your unique, billion-dollar talent. So, do yourself one big favor, and label each box on the top and at least two sides. You would want the label to contain a unique box number (elaboration to come later on), the room it came from, and simple explanation of the type of items it contains. You can also go so far as to place a special mar on boxes you may need to access at some point during the loading process and remember to put them in your storage last. Keep in mind that you can be as detailed with labeling as your heart desires. Just keep in mind that it can prolong the process of loading a storage unit.

Creating a contents list

This one directly correlates to the previous tip. Assuming that you listened to our advice, and labeled every box with a unique number on the top and two of its sides, now comes the time to explain the logic behind this step. Listing all the box’s contents on its side can have its benefits. However, often times the perfect view of every box is obstructed. Even if you took your time, and wrote it all on each side of the box, chances are you won’t be able to see it right away. Now, with a list in front of you, this will be much easier to handle. Numbering your boxes, and ordering them so that the natural numbering order is followed, will ensure you get to what you need with great speed and little hassle.

A girl making a list
Loading a storage unit so that it is organized is impossible without inventory lists.

Creating the perfect layout of your storage unit

If you plan on loading a storage unit with the frequent access in mind, you are going to need to put some thought into the layout. Placing it all in one pile will get you nowhere. If you have some bulky pieces that were not a part of furniture removal, you would put them against the walls. Now, depending on the size of your unit, you may have two or three rows. In the same way, you might end up with one or two aisles. For the first option, you would keep all the furniture and boxes against the walls of both sides. The second option infers that you have enough space for one middle row of items. If it so happens that you have so many items, but the storage space is not too grand, there is still a solution. Place your most moveable items in the middle. This will ensure you can remove them with ease, and create space for walking.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011