Renting a storage unit is a great first step on the journey towards true organization. Many people think that it’s the only step, but guess what: they’re wrong! When you invest in a unit, you can’t just throw everything you want on the floor and hope for the best. All you’ll get if you do that is lost possessions and wasted effort. There’s a solution to this potential trouble, however, and that solution is storage containers.

Storage containers are commonly plastic containers that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that can be used to organize your possessions easily. We’ve gathered some tips on choosing and utilizing storage containers to the best of their ability so you can get the most bang for your buck when keeping your stuff stored.

  1. Storage containers frequently come in different colors. An easy way for visible organization is using seasonally colored containers to store seasonal decorations – items that are frequently put in storage units. Red for Christmas, Purple for Halloween, Orange for Thanksgiving, etc. An extra tip involving seasonal bins is going to big box stores after these big holidays to find good deals on the aforementioned seasonally colored bins.
  2. If you’re not a big fan of labeling, you can choose to use clear plastic boxes instead of the more commonly found solid colored ones. Especially when storing books, clear containers allow you to get a glimpse of what’s inside without having to open the box up and dig through.
  3. Don’t store in cardboard unless you’re using a climate-controlled storage unit. Cardboard is much more susceptible to damage from humidity, dampness, and other climate-related hazards. Climate-controlled units will allow you to store items in cardboard boxes without worrying about damage.
  4. Plastic bins are great for specialty storage needs. They make long, flat bins that are great for storing posters and other delicate flat items. They make wardrobe bins for clothing and accessories. They might even make robot bins for all of your circuitous companions, but honestly – we haven’t checked on that one.
  5. Buy similarly sized bins if you’re looking to pack as much as possible into a small space. Uniform bins will stack easily and line up in a way that allows you to fit as much as possible into the space you have.
  6. Like we mentioned in the previous tip, never be afraid of utilizing vertical space.
  7. This tip isn’t about the bins themselves, but instead about the way you put them in your unit. Consider how often you might come back to use any given item that you have stored. If there’s a book you think you’ll need at another point in the near future, don’t put it in the back corner under a dozen other bins. Same goes for things you know you won’t need for a while. Put your bins in your unit in a way that makes sense.

Storage bins are a great way to organize your very own storage unit into something more than an extra room to throw junk. They can be a vehicle that drives you toward a better, happier, stress-free, organized life. If you have a surplus of bins and nowhere to put them, Storage Direct can always help by providing you with the self storage facility and unit of your dreams.