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Moving Out:  Finding a Storage Solution

Ten years ago, I found myself with the need to move out of my apartment before my new place was ready. For a month, I camped out on my best friend's sofa. That also meant I had to find somewhere to store my furniture and other belongings. Fortunately for me, a local storage facility offered container rentals for reasonable prices. I was able to have a container delivered to my apartment, filled it with my stuff, and then have it transported to a facility. It remained there until my new place was ready. At that point, the service delivered the container and we set to work loading everything in my new home. If your lease is expiring but your new place will not be free for a month or two, let's talk. Temporary storage solutions are easier to come by than you think.

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2 Ways To Organize Your Storage Unit

When you have too much stuff, you need to have somewhere to put it. A self-storage facility can be the perfect place for you. You can rent a storage unit that will be big enough for everything you want to store. If you use a self-storage unit, you want to ensure you can get to all your belongings quickly. This is fairly easy to do. There are several ways that you can make it easier on yourself when you go looking for something in a year or two. 

Make a Map

One thing that you can do is to make yourself a map. You would do that by first sketching out the general shape of your new storage unit. Then, as you load up the storage unit with your stuff, you write down where you put everything. So, if you put boxes of books against the back wall, on your map, you would write boxes of books in that space. The nice thing about writing a map on paper or in a digital format is that you can refer back to it quickly. You can also edit and alter the map as necessary.

Label Everything

When you put things in boxes in your unit, make sure you label the boxes well. Ideally, you should put a label on the top of the box, on one long side and one short side. That way, you can see what the box's label is. You can also choose to do more than just a basic label on the box. For example, you could put books on the box and then, as a subheading, put biographies A through C. When you look for your box of biographies to find one on Arthur Ashe, you can go straight to the box labeled books, biographies A through C. Clearly labeling everything will mean you don't have to dig through the boxes to find something specific. You can be even more precise if you combine labeling and making a map.

A self-storage unit can make it easy to keep things you like but don't have space for at home. You can put your holiday decorations in one, your mother's furniture that you want to keep, or just the overflow of belongings that most people get from time to time. Organizing your storage unit can make it easier for you when you want to get things out.  

Contact a local self-storage service to learn more.