If you're like so many of us, you're spending the summer with kids at home – especially those who may be home from college – and it probably feels like space is getting a little tight throughout the house. Kids accumulate a lot of stuff over the years, after all. And let's face it, parents do, too. But when everyone is home at the same time, having to live with all that stuff can make you start to feel a little claustrophobic. In these situations, those who value their space often turn to self storage. That's always a great idea, but the real trick is to make the most efficient use of your self storage space so that you can reap the most benefit. How do you do that? By organizing your self storage space in Joplin so that it yields the best results, that's how! A little planning will help you maximize your space while keeping your items safe and clean, and we can help you do it!
Put wood between your stored items and the concrete floor. Concrete makes a good, sturdy floor, but it can sweat during the humid months of summer, especially in Kansas and Missouri. Wooden pallets beneath your boxes help the boxes breathe and protect your items against mildew and other perils. Plus, if your boxes are up off the floor, they're easier to get into.
Cover your stuff with plastic or cloth. This is especially important in drive-up units, but even climate controlled self storage units get dusty over time. It makes sense, right? Your house is climate controlled, and you know that it still gets dusty. Covering items with plastic or cloth helps keep the dust off so that your belongings are ready to go when you need them.
Store your belongings in clear bins rather than cardboard boxes. Clear plastic bins not only let you see a little of what's inside, they also help protect your belongings better than cardboard boxes would. It's still a good idea to keep a list of what's in each box – and what's in your unit as a whole – to make finding things as easy as possible when you need to.
Stage big, heavy items on the bottom and towards the back. While you should generally stage your storage unit in such a way that the items you use most frequently are nearest the front (and therefore easiest to get to), it's also a good idea to put bulky or heavy items in first, so they're on the bottom of stacks or near the back of your unit. When it comes time to put everything else in, the process will be so much easier and safer!
Go vertical. Don't forget to make use of your storage unit's height as well as its floor space. Disassemble furniture so that it takes up less room, and store long items such as couches upright (if it is safe to do so) to make the best use of space. No matter how crowded your house gets, there's always plenty of space available at Countryside Self Storage in Joplin, Pittsburg, and Frontenac! Not sure how much space you'll need? Our friendly self storage experts are always happy to help you choose the storage solution that's perfect for you. Just contact us at any of our convenient self storage locations today to get started!