How to Organize a Storage Unit

If there’s one thing we can say with certainty: it is hard to even know where to start when you want to declutter your storage unit. In fact, a lot of people just avoid the task altogether. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to organize a storage unit. In this guide, we’ll take you through how to start your decluttering process and a few helpful tips we’ve learned along the way. So sit back and relax, because HideAway’s got your back.

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Where to Start to Declutter Your Storage: Downsize

The first step when decluttering your storage is to take inventory of the items you want to keep and downsize where you can. Downsizing makes it that much simpler to organize a storage unit. Take a look around your storage area and take note of what you have lying around. What will you use? What could you live without? A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in more than a year, you can probably live without it.

Donate Your Unwanted and Unused Stuff To Charity

One of the nicest ways to organize your storage unit is to donate some of the stuff inside. That way, you’ll have more space and be able to keep your unit continuously decluttered. Many charitable organizations will come out to your location to pick things up. That makes it convenient and will save you a lot of time and energy. Even better, large trucks can easily enter your storage facility and pull right up to your unit. That way, you won’t have to lug everything out and save your strength (and your back!)

Shelves are Great to Organize a Storage Unit

No guide on how to organize a storage unit would be complete without the mention of shelves. One of the best ways to declutter a storage unit is to use the vertical space inside. Most storage units are eight feet tall, which offers a lot of extra space up high. If you’re only using space on the floor, you’re losing out on all of that precious room. Instead, purchase a plastic shelf unit from your local big-box home improvement store.

Plastic shelving units are lightweight, affordable, and easy to put together. They run on average about $10 – $50 depending on the space you need. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to fill them with all sorts of stuff. Even better, that stuff will be off the floor. That gives you more space and decluttering your storage unit immediately. If you have many things in storage, you may need several shelf units (so purchase the cheapest).

Use Boxes or Clear Plastic Bins That Are the Same Size

If you look at most storage units, you’ll see them stuffed with many different sized boxes. Big boxes, small boxes, and even tiny boxes are usually strewn everywhere. This can be a nightmare when you want to declutter a storage unit, so consider purchasing boxes or bins that are all the same size. That way, you can stack them more easily, label them, and arrange them neatly.

Clear plastic bins are even better since you can see the contents inside. That makes it much easier to find something you need without looking through every box. It also allows you to stack like things with like things more easily. Christmas and holiday decorations, for example, or clothing, toys, baby things, etc.

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Fill Any Stored Furniture With Stuff

The next step when you organize a storage unit is to consider filling your furniture with other items. If you’re storing hallow furniture like dressers and nightstands, try to fill them up. We suggest filling them to the brim so that you’ll have more space in your storage unit. Fill the drawers with clothes, for example, or a toy chest with toys. You can fill a hamper with almost anything or fill a fridge with a bunch of small boxes.

Rent a Storage Unit That’s Bigger Than You Need

If decluttering your storage unit is important to you, it might be a good idea to rent one larger than you need. That way, you’ll have a bit more space to arrange things the way you like. You’ll also have more room to move around when you’re looking for something. It doesn’t have to be huge by any means. (No need to spend a lot of extra money.) However, a storage unit that’s slightly bigger than you need can be the best way to keep it decluttered.

It’s Not That Hard to Organize a Storage Unit

Decluttering your storage is only hard to get started, but it isn’t so hard to do. Take a moment to find the areas that need a little bit of extra work, and you’ll go far. As with any chore, you’ll be happy when it is over and wonder why it took you so long to do it in the first place. If you need any help along the way, contact one of the storage experts at HideAway Storage to answer all your storage organization questions.

This post was originally published on 7/31/2018
It was updated on 11/17/2020