When you visit a self-storage center (like Guardian Self Storage) and rent a unit that's of a suitable size for storing your extra possessions, it's important that you take care to ensure that this extra storage space is properly organized. If you load the space in a hurried fashion, you won't likely have much of an idea where specific things are located, which will discourage you from visiting the storage facility in the future to retrieve what you need. It's a better idea to take a slow, methodical approach to how you load the storage unit to ensure that it's expertly organized. Here are three ways to make this goal a reality.

Keep Track Of Where You Put Things

While it might seem simplistic, it's important to have an idea where you place each of your items—especially if you've rented a large storage unit. You can often accomplish this goal by keeping a notebook with you while you load the unit. Whether you draw a quick overhead sketch of the unit or simply break the space down into groups—for example, back left corner, back right corner, etc.—you'll be able to note the location of each item as you store it.

Give Certain Items A Place Of Prominence

It's valuable to give consideration to the location of each item based on how often you plan to retrieve it. Items that you don't anticipate needing shouldn't be inaccessible, but it's sufficient for them to be at the rear of the unit or at the bottom of a stack of boxes. Things that you'll use more consistently, such as seasonal decorations, should be placed in easier-to-reach locations to make your future visits to the storage facility as smooth as possible.

Work Around The Outside

Don't make the mistake of loading your boxes and other possessions into the storage unit by piling everything against the far wall and then moving forward toward the door. When it comes time to visit the unit to retrieve something, you'll have a difficult time accessing items at the rear of the space. It's more effective to work around the outside of the unit. This means piling boxes along the three walls as high as you can without risking safety. You can then add larger items that don't stack effectively to the center of the unit. When you're done, you should ideally have a narrow path that you can easily walk, located between the boxes piled against the walls and the larger materials in the center.