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Easy organisation hacks to get the most out of your storage unit

Using a storage container is a great way to declutter your home and free up some extra living space. But it’s important that it doesn’t just become an inaccessible dumping ground.

A badly organised container makes it almost impossible to locate and access items when you need to retrieve them. Even if you don’t need regular access to your container, keeping things in order can also help preserve the condition of your stored items.

If organisation is not your strong point, then don’t despair. There are plenty of easy hacks to get your container sorted quickly and efficiently.

Store large items towards the back

Things like furniture and large appliances are generally quite heavy and awkwardly shaped, meaning they are tricky to move or manoeuvre around if you need to access something behind them. By organising things in size order, starting with the heaviest items first, you can make the best use of all the floor space, and ensure everything is easily accessible.

Invest in a set of stackable storage boxes.

Storage boxes of any kind are a great way to store and categorise smaller items, but a collection of mismatched boxes can be an awkward fit. The benefit of using stackable storage solutions is that the boxes not only look tidier, but they’re also potentially safer – because they’re designed to securely sit on top of one another, you don’t have to worry about them toppling over.

Install shelves and rails

Although containers are designed to keep your items secure, you’ll want to keep your items protected from the elements, especially if you plan on using them on a long term basis. Fixing shelves to the walls, and rails along the length of the container is an ideal way to keep more delicate items off of the floor.

Take note of where everything is

Keeping an inventory can save you hours of time searching for an item, especially if you can’t recall whether it’s definitely in storage. A simple colour coded map will also help you remember where things are, and, crucially, where they need to be returned to if you’ve moved anything around whilst retrieving something.

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