Using a self storage unit at a place like Epic Group Inc while you travel is a convenient and flexible way to make sure that your belongings stay safe and in good condition until you get back. You don't have to worry about anything being left alone in your empty home, and your family can still have access to things that might be needed while you're away.
But if you just shove all your stuff in the unit before rushing off to start your travel adventure, you'll probably have some stress and clutter waiting for you when it's time to settle back down into your home. Here are a few ways to keep your self-storage space organized so it's easy to unpack when you're ready:
Color Code Your Boxes
One of the easiest ways to keep track of what is inside each of your boxes is to color code them before you mark them with a permanent marker. Buy a few rolls of different colored packing tape seal your boxes based on the rooms that they come out of. For instance, you can pack your kitchen stuff with yellow packing tape and your living room belongings with blue tape.
Once your boxes are sealed, you'll be able to tell at a glance which type of general items are in the boxes, saving you lots of time over having to go through them all to find what you need. Take things a step further and use a permanent marker to write down on each box specific items that can be found inside of them, making it even easier to find what you're looking for without the need to rummage.
Implement Some Simple Shelving
It's a good idea to implement a few utility shelves along a couple walls of your storage unit to keep your boxes and belongings that aren't boxed up off the floor, and so you can more easily read and access them when you're ready to retrieve them. You can use your colored packing tape to mark the ends of each shelf layer to correspond with what is on each particular shelf. Store the stuff you don't plan to unpack right away after your trip on the very top and bottom shelves. This makes it easy to focus on everything at arm level until you're rested from your trip and ready to do the heavy unpacking.
Hang Hooks Near the Door
Hanging hooks near the door of your self-storage unit is a great way to store things you'll need as soon as you're back from traveling. You can store jackets, vehicle covers, paperwork, and personal items on the hooks without packing them so you can grab them and get out of there without having to wade through any boxes or furniture. If the storage facility doesn't provide hooks or allow you to install them, you can use coat stands to store things that aren't too heavy.
Hang Ropes from the Ceiling
If you are storing large items like a kayak, skis, or bicycles, hang ropes from the rafters in the ceiling to suspend them in the air. This will leave you with more floor space to store other items, and things like kayaks can provide you with even more storage space because you can put small boxes or bags in their base. If your storage unit does not have visible rafters to support your ropes, you can install large hooks near the tops of the walls to support the ropes and then suspend your big items against the wall.
These easy tips and tricks will help to keep your things organized and safe from mold, moisture, and unneeded wear and tear.