Self-storage options come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Choices range from high-security indoor units to garage-style access on a lot, and climate control, temperature control, and inventory systems are only a few of the many add-on offerings at select facilities.
After securing a unit, a renter also has a lot of options for maximizing the space. However, it is important to review renter agreements for the facility before getting started on any major projects. Storage unit restrictions can extend to modifications to the structure, and the lease should spell out the basics of what is and is not allowed. For example, installing built-in bookshelves may not be allowed, but anchoring free-standing bookshelves to the wall with screws is OK. However, some units may even restrict adding nails or screws and limit storage maximization to unattached solutions. Luckily, there are a lot of options to help get organized and streamline the space.
Freestanding storage and more
Many other basic organizational items can also be used to perk up a storage unit. Freestanding clothing racks are a great solution for archiving clothes inside garment bags, but they can also be used to drape or store other items, such as hanging plant pots and cubbies, tool belts and exercise bands.
Unique plastic containers able to slide under other stored pieces, such as a dresser or cabinet, can also maximize space and provide protection for more sensitive items. Furniture pieces, such as dressers or armoires, also provide built-in storage and are already taking up space. There is no need to leave them empty. Use liner paper to protect the surface of the piece and always be mindful of any weight concerns. Hardwood furniture can generally bear a great deal of weight without bowing, but furniture made from particle board or plywood may bow if heavier items are added to the top or too much weight is added to drawers.
One of the best ways to stay organized when setting up a storage space is to keep as many items as possible visible and clearly label the homes of any concealed items. If a storage bin is being used for holiday decor, label it immediately. Keeping a running list of storage notes in a digital file or smartphone note is also helpful when a storage building is packed. Whenever a group of items is moved to the unit, log the storage location and update the document with any reorganizations.
Contact a local self-storage service to learn more.