One of the best ways to maximize the use and functionality of your self storage unit is to rotate items on a seasonal basis. A large number of storage units (especially those in the 5×5 range) are used as a kind of extension of home storage—and with good reason. Even the largest, most well-equipped homes tend to have closets that fill up quickly, which is why so many of us rely on storage outbuildings, garages filled to the brims, and storage units to fill the gaps.

If you want to make the most out of your self storage unit (or even your garage at home), you may want to consider a seasonal rotation of your belongings. Not only will this allow you to keep your home free and clear of clutter, but you can also ensure that items don’t get lost or neglected at the bottom of the heap.

Whether you’re preparing for a fall cleaning session or are getting ready to put away the lawn furniture in preparation for the cold months ahead, here are a few tips for seasonal self storage.

Planning Ahead for Seasonal Storage

The number one way to save time and energy is to come up with a self storage plan ahead of time. You don’t need a special app or complicated spreadsheet to organize your storage unit’s contents (although these can help). Some ideas include:

  • Keep a list of what’s in the storage unit and tape it to the interior wall, updating it whenever you move a box in or out. This can be as complicated as a printed out list or as simple as a checklist you write by hand.
  • Label boxes by season and contents. A permanent marker and big letters can go a long way in helping keep things easy to find.
  • Consider color-coordinating your boxes. Buy plastic bins in four colors (one for each season) and keep items separated that way. They’ll be easy to spot even if things get messy inside the storage unit.
  • Use a four corner method. Because most storage units are square or rectangular in shape, they’re ideal for seasonal piles. Designate one corner for each season and try to keep things in their appropriate places.
  • Shift back to front. Restaurants and stores are known for using this method with their food items. Always put the recent arrivals in the back and shift the older boxes forward as you go. This will make it easier to access the items you’re most likely to need next.
  • Keep large items separate. If you’ll be using seasonal storage for big items like yard tools, lawn mowers, snowblowers, and other large items, consider housing them separately or apart from the boxes to maximize space.

Start Your Seasonal Storage Now

Seasonal self storage is a great way to get your money’s worth out of your storage unit. With the right organization and a few extra tools to help you along the way, you can maximize space, minimize costs, and enjoy a cleaner, more organized home.

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Bill Hipsher has more been working in the online marketing of self storage facilities since the late 1990's. Bill is credited with developing and launching one of the first shop and compare storage websites allowing consumers to easily find and rent a storage unit online. Over the last 15 years Bill has worked with various online storage websites, contributed to the building of the largest online self storage network and currently oversee's the operations of Storage.com. Bill contributes articles for the Storage.com consumer and business blogs.