5 Storage Strategies for an Upcoming Remodel | Devon Self Storage
Whether you’re remodeling a single room or your whole house, you’ll need to find somewhere to store everything while the work is in progress. Our handy guide to storing your belongings during home renovations will help avoid the risk of your possessions being lost or damaged and help maintain your sanity during the upheaval. Here are five tips to help you stay organized while you remodel your home.
Clear a Path
Even if you are just renovating a single room, it’s important to make sure there’s plenty of space to move to and fro. Move any items that could be damaged or might get in the way of renovations. Be mindful of tripping hazards like cords and rugs. If you’ll be working on the walls, remove all items hanging from the walls in adjacent rooms so they can’t be knocked down by banging or shaking. Minimize any chance of an accident and you’ll thank yourself later.
Get Stackable Storage Containers
While cardboard boxes work great in a pinch, they’re not ideal. They can snag, tear, and when damp, become a viable home for mildew. We recommend investing in some stackable storage bins. Not only is premium plastic more durable than cardboard, uniformly sized, stackable containers will help you easily maximize your storage space. Embrace verticality!
Learn to Love Labels
If you are renovating more than one room, it’s important to plan your packing strategy. The best way to stay organized is to pack one room at a time, taking care to keep each room’s boxes of contents separated until everything is appropriately labeled. But what’s the best way to label your storage containers?
Labeling can be as simple or complex as you need it to be. At the very least, you should have a way of marking what room the bin belongs to. You can also pick up some useful “fragile” stickers and, if you want to get super organized, some color-coded moving labels. Pro tip: Don’t forget what you have designated each color to mean.
Choose the Right Storage Option
Every storage situation is unique. Depending on the scale of your home renovation project, you might need to store your stuff in a storage unit for an extended period of time. While most items do just fine in traditional storage units, some items – such as electronics, musical instruments, wood and leather furniture, artwork, and pharmaceutical supplies – benefit from climate-controlled storage. This specialty storage will keep your unit’s temperature and humidity levels within a safer range, year-round.
If you aren’t sure what size or storage options you need, just ask! Find a storage facility near you, get a professional opinion, and give your valuables the care they need while you renovate your home.
Give Yourself Time
Packing and storing your stuff can be stressful and physically demanding. It’s important to take breaks – don’t overdo it. When you start to feel exhausted, relax. The biggest key to staying organized is a well-rested body and mind.
Store Like a Pro
Looking for more organizational and self storage tips and tricks? Check out the Devon Self Storage blog and find expert advice on how to make the most of your space.