It seems simple in theory. Rent a self-storage space, shove your belongings in, lock the door, and voila - you’re done. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Without a proper organizational plan, the space you so desperately needed will no longer suffice and you will be stuck clamoring for a larger unit, not to mention a higher monthly bill. Here are some useful tips from the storage pros that will help ensure both your horizontal and vertical storage space is fully utilized.
1. Separate items based on categories
Before selecting a self-storage space, make a list of items you plan on storing. Separate the items based into different categories; books, clothing, seasonal decorations and family heirlooms, all belong in a specific place. Label the boxes and make an index to avoid both clutter in the storage space and ensure that accessing your items at a later date is simple and stress free.
2. Store items based on usage frequency
Prioritizing items based on frequency of use will dictate where exactly to place them in the storage unit. Access is key, so naturally items that will be used frequently belong at the front of the locker with lesser-used boxes and objects towards the back. Winter blankets and heavy coats are no use during the summer season, so make sure to alter your space depending on the season as well. When storing items by stacking boxes, place heavier and less frequently used items at the bottom of the stack.
3. Use the “Matryoshka doll” storage method
A Matryoshka doll, also known as babushka and stacking dolls, are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed inside one another. They are also the perfect template for properly storing and efficiently packing items in self-storage spaces. Miscellaneous items can be collected in stackable boxes which will fit well into drawers of stored furniture. Storing bulky luggage as well? A perfect place for those heavy winter coats and blankets.
4. Invest in storage gadgets
There are number of gadgets on the market that will help with storage according to your individual needs. Those looking to store a large wardrobe can use multi-layered shelving to take advantage of the vertical space. Both a folding hanger and a collapsible hanger will prove to be invaluable in creating much needed space as well. For more tips and tricks, check out our ‘how to’ series on YouTube.
5. Take larger furniture apart
Furniture is without question the item that will take most of your self-storage space. However, you don’t have to be a trained carpenter to understand how to take apart some of the simpler pieces. Turning a wooden shelf into a neatly piled stack of boards will create some much-needed room. And while not all furniture can be taken apart, a large number of your pieces can be deftly dismantled and reassembled later.
RedBox Mini Storage not only offers many storage options for you, we offer a number of solutions as well to help maximize your space. Our services include self-storage, door-to-door storage, business storage and so much more. Contact us today to find the most suitable option – and solution – for your storage needs.
About RedBox Mini Storage
RedBox Mini Storage, Hong Kong’s largest storage facilities.
RedBox’s storage solutions: Self Storage | Self-managed storage units to suit every need; Door-To-Door Storage | We pick up, store and deliver your items when suits you; Business Storage | We offer tailored and flexible solutions to maximize your business performance; Packaging & Merchandise | Everything you need to protect your belongings.
RedBox Mini Storage make de-cluttering your residence simple and stress-free. For however long you need space for, we’re here to help. Whether it’s extra furniture, ski equipment, seasonal clothes or an extensive collection of rare antiquarian books, RedBox Mini Storage have a personal storage idea that will feel custom-made for you. Just tell us about your clutter and we’ll advise you the rest of the way. Your valuables are always in our care.
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