5 Handy Tips for Putting Your Stuff in Storage

Have you ever found yourself digging through your storage unit, desperately trying to find that one item tucked in that one particular box? It is the most maddening game of hide and seek you have ever played. Fortunately, you don’t have to play if you don’t want to. It just takes a little forethought and planning. Following are five handy tips from Tinker Self Storage to help you store your items in a smart and efficient manner.

1. Labels. This is a best practice. Labeling lets you know what is inside each container. Remember that game of hide and seek we just mentioned? Labeling your boxes keeps you from playing. You don’t have to be too detailed either. Simple labels like “kitchen” or “bedroom” will let you know what is inside each box.

Bonus Tip: Be sure to write on all four sides to make placement a non-issue.

2. Color Codes. Not everything you store will get packed in a cardboard box. Chances are, you will use a few totes. Color code your totes to make item identification easy. For instance, you could use red totes for Christmas storage, brown totes for table linens, etc. Then keep a list with your color codes on it for reference. You could write on the tote with a sharpie, but we don’t recommend it. If you wanted to use it for storing something else in the future, the marker label would be a bit confusing.

Bonus Tip: If you only have one kind of tote, and have a LOT of them, buy some colored electrical tape. You can place strips on the totes and use it with your color code system.

3. Get Creative with Packing Material. You can use old clothes, drapes, and linens as packing materiel for breakables. They work just as well, and are easy on the environment too. Just make sure you don’t use an items you use for daily wear.

4. Use Your Furniture. Dressers, nightstands, and chests are essentially large boxes filled with smaller boxes. Pack the drawers with items that will fit. You can do this for entertainment centers too. Not only is it efficient, you might be able to rent a smaller space!

5. Work Back to Front. This should seem like a no brainer, but you would be surprised! Failure to pack your items properly in our Tinker Self Storage unit will make retrieving them a huge, messy wreck. When filling up your storage unit, be sure to start by placing items you will not need to access often in the back. Items you will use frequently should be given preferential, up front space.

Final Bonus Tip!! Be sure to remove fuel from all lawn equipment before storing. Gas left in small motors will turn to varnish over time. Removing the fuel not only keeps everything from smelling like gas, it also ensures each piece will crank right up when you retrieve them.