Organizing Your Storage Unit in an Easy-To-Understand Method

May 17, 2018

How to Organize Your Storage Unit So Everything is Easy to Find.

Boxes being organized in a storage unit

If you want to ensure that you can find items in your storage unit quickly and efficiently, it is important that you spend a little time planning and organizing. Simply moving boxes where they will fit can often cost you more time in the long run when you need to remove an item from your storage unit. Digging through an unorganized storage unit often ends in disaster, creating more of a mess or preventing you from finding your item at all. Instead, follow these organization tips to ensure your storage unit remains in order, so you can find what you need when you need it.

Find Smaller Boxes

The first step you should take when organizing your storage unit is to try to limit the size of the boxes you use for your items. While larger boxes may save you a few trips between your vehicle and the unit, trying to find single items in large boxes can be an exercise in frustration. Choose small boxes so it will be easier if you need to retrieve something.

Categorize & Label Every Box

We can’t recommend this enough. Placing similar items in each box and clearly labeling them will allow you to more easily retrieve an item. Purchase white label stickers and clearly print the category of the box’s content on the label. This will allow you to see the label, even in a dark storage unit.

Create a Storage Unit Chart

If you choose smaller boxes, finding a specific one can be a bit more difficult. Creating an organizational chart will help you know approximately where to find the box you’re looking for. It is important to start this chart right when you first use your storage unit. As you move your boxes into the storage unit, simply mark where you placed the box. Use the category that you placed on the label to identify what that box contains.


Then, if you need to retrieve something from your storage unit, simply refer to your chart and you will know precisely where to begin your search. While this method may require a bit more preparation, it will really pay off in the long run.

Contact Affordable Family Storage for Your Next Storage Unit

If you are in need of some extra space and think a storage unit could benefit you, contact Affordable Family Storage today. We offer state-of-the-art units at our Des Moines, IA facility with climate-control and 24-hour security. To learn more about what Affordable Family Storage can offer you, contact us today at 515-325-0248.

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