Reclaim Your Space: 5 Ways to Reorganise Your Personal Storage

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Reclaim Your Space- 5 Ways to Reorganise Your Personal Storage

So you’ve got your self-storage unit, and maybe you felt a weight fall off your shoulders when you loaded that very last item when you packed it. But since then, you’ve had to go to your storage space over and over, and each time it takes you longer to find what you’re looking for.

Do you feel like it’s time to stop wasting energy looking through your belongings and sort out your personal storage once and for all? We’re with you!

Not sure where to start? We can help. Follow our five steps below to reclaim the physical space of your personal storage unit.

1. Make a list

The first thing we recommend you do is make a list of everything in your storage unit, no matter how big or small. Every lamp, couch, stool, ornament, and box should be accounted for and written down. This way, when you’re rearranging, you can decide beforehand exactly where everything will go. You won’t forget about anything or get to the end of the process and realise you’ve forgotten something important that could have fit under some boxes, but not from where you are now.

home furniture decluttering

2. Label your boxes

Packing boxes is busy work. It’s easy to forget to label a box here and there, or to think, ‘I’ll remember what’s in there.’ After a while, chances are good you’ll forget what you put, where. And that can make organising your space a tricky task. Because as we’ll discuss after this, it’s important how you pack your unit. Plus, you wouldn’t want to accidentally place a box full of crystal and other delicate items underneath a box of heavy printers and computer monitors.

Labelling itself can be a tricky process. You might not want to label three difference boxes as ‘lounge’—but how will you know what’s in each of them? It’s best to pack like with like and label that way. For example, you could pack all of your cold-weather clothing into a box and label that ‘winter clothes’.

3. Pack in the correct order

Making your list and labelling your storage boxes all makes sense when the time comes to rearrange. First, you’ll want to try place items that you’ll need frequently near the front with easy access. You don’t want to reorganise just to end up having the same problem as before!

We recommend packing large heavy items at the back. We’re talking couches, fridges, freezers, washing machines, and so forth. You’re not likely to need any of these belongings on a whim or at short notice.

When you’re packing boxes, it’s best to stack them and make use of your vertical space. But be careful what goes at the bottom. Items that aren’t likely to break when there’s the weight of other boxes should go at the bottom, and more fragile boxes at the top. However, don’t stack too high—you don’t want anything to topple over!

What happens if you have a sturdy box that you need to get items out of frequently? That, you pack separately from the other boxes.

4. Take apart your furniture

To maximise the space you have, we recommend taking apart the furniture that is modular and storing it neatly like that. Legs of tallboys can go into its drawers; extension pieces of dining room tables can live neatly on top of them. Wherever you can make something smaller, we suggest you do so. It also makes your storage unit look neater and allows you more access to more belongings.

5. Consider repacking your boxes

Before you call us crazy, we’re not talking about a whole reorganisation of everything—just the boxes that are severely damaged or that belong in a different kind of box. Fragile items are best placed in sturdy plastic boxes. So, if you’ve got drinking glasses in a cardboard box, now would be a good time to move them. Rows and stacks of clear plastic boxes also look neater, and there’s no need to label them as you can see into them.

Plus, when you first placed everything into your personal storage space, there’s a chance that a few boxes got thrown around and damaged. Unluckily, this means that boxes stacked on top can cause these to break. Getting fresh, undamaged boxes and quickly transferring the contents from one into the other can save a lot of damage in the future.

stacked storage boxes

At Easy Store, we make it simple for you to reclaim your space. If you’ve got a storage unit with us, just call us and ask us to deliver it straight back to your door. You can repack and reorganise at your leisure and then send the unit back to us when you’re done. It couldn’t be easier. Give us a call on 086 11 00 222 or email us at info@easystore.co.za for all your storage solutions.