How to Create a Floor Plan For Your Storage
Gone are the days of rummaging through all of your boxes in the storage unit, only to find what you’re looking for is at the very back and in the last box. Creating a floor plan for your storage unit is, as you can imagine, one of the best things you can do. It’ll save you a significant amount of time, stress and effort every time you come back to your unit to find something. Here’s everything you need to know to start creating your storage floor plan.
Step One: Categorize Your Items
The first step is to categorize your items. It’s recommended to do so by type and by priority. For example, you’ll want to separate all of your boxes from the other, odd, non-stackable items and then prioritize each based on how often you think you’ll need to access each item. This is when proper labeling will come into play.
It’s imperative to label every box and container with a priority level and the type of contents that can be found inside. This will ensure a convenient and effective storage floor plan. Then, you can move onto the next step.
Step Two: Create a System and Legend
Now that you have your box categories and have labeled your boxes with priority, it’s important to create a legend of what each means. Some people like to use a color system that denotes priority, whereas others like to use a number system. Whatever you do, make sure you write this down in a clear, visible place, so you know where each item should be placed when it’s time to start filling up your unit. For example, low priority items can be buried at the back, whereas high priority items should be closer to the front and more accessible than the others.
Step Three: Draw It Out
Now you have everything you need to actually draw out your storage unit floor plan. Start by designating an area for your low-priority items to be stored. Next, do the same for all of your other items, based on their priority and type. Be sure to share your plan with the full-service storage company you’re using. They’ll be sure to pack your items in storage according to your plan.
Make copies of your storage unit floor plan and consider laminating it prior to securing it to the wall of your floor plan. This way, you’ll always know where your items are and how to access them quickly and effectively.