Posted on: 13 February 2020
Too much stuff, not enough space — one problem that so many households suffer through. If you live in an area that experiences all four seasons, you have piles of seasonal items around the house that you know won't be used for months at a time. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you utilize a self-storage unit to get those seasonal items out of the way and into a storage unit in an organized manner.
Color-Code the Seasons
Storage bins are found in various sizes, shapes, and colors. To make finding what you need in the storage unit easier, collect storage bins in various colors — blue for winter, red for summer, yellow for autumn, and green for spring.
As you sort through the things around your house, place each seasonal item in the bin that coordinates the season. Then, when the time comes to retrieve that season's items for the year, you'll be able to quickly run to the storage unit, swap the previous season's bins for the upcoming season — you won't have to spend any time digging through boxes trying to figure out what's what.
Get yourself some wood pallets and four heavy-duty casters for each. Attach the casters to the pallets. You can place all of the bins for each season on those pallets and strap them in place. This way, you'll be able to easily roll pallets full of your items out of the way to get to the things in the back of the unit — you may even be able to roll the entire pallet to your vehicle so that you can quickly load and unload what you need without breaking your back carrying multiple bins to and from the car.
You probably don't want everything that you have stored in the unit to smell like mothballs, so instead of using mothballs to keep rodents and insects away, fill socks with peppermint doused cotton balls. These peppermint bags will work to keep rodents and insects out of the storage unit without causing bad odors to stick to the items stored inside. These bags will need to be replaced about once a month, but they will work better than most chemical alternatives and cost much less, as well.
You don't have to continue sacrificing that guest room for storage — get that seasonal stuff out of your house and make room for the people that you might even want to spend the holidays at your home with you. Contact a self-storage facility in your area to get started.Share