Four Surprising Ways To Organize Your Storage Unit

When it comes to organizing your items in a self-storage unit, you've probably considered boxes, plastic bins, and shelves to help make things easy to find and access, but there are other tools you can use to maximize your available storage space and keep things neat and tidy. Here are just a few options you can use in your storage unit that you might not have thought of before.

Retail Z-Racks

Z-racks are the tools retailers use to keep clothing organized in their stockrooms, and they make versatile additions to your storage unit. They can be used to organize clothing, but they also come in handy for a range of other uses. You can place linens, pillows and other bedding items in plastic bags and hang them on the racks, and you can also use the racks for storing away wreaths, garlands, and other holiday decor items. Sturdy Z-racks with locking wheels can even be used to hang bicycles, tricycles and other outdoor gear to save space on your storage unit's floor.


Instead of using standard shelving units to store items, consider investing in tall wardrobes. These can be found at furniture and discount stores, and they typically require a bit of assembly. Once your wardrobes are built, they can be used to line one wall of your storage unit. The doors help to keep dust and dirt away from your items, and the built-in shelves and dowel rods let you hang clothing or organize boxes inside. Be sure to label each wardrobe to make it easier to find the items you need.

Ladders For Custom Shelving

If you have old ladders you need to store away, you can make them do double-duty as part of a custom shelving system. With two ladders fully set up, place long pieces of plywood across the rungs to connect the ladders. For longer shelving units, you'll want to make sure you have a ladder on both ends and one in the middle for added support. Place your ladder shelving system along a wall in your storage unit, and get even more use out of this storage system by adding S-hooks to the ladders. The hooks can be used to hang bags, wreaths or other items for additional storage space.

Dairy Crates

Dairy crates can be very durable, and they work as both a way to pack your items and organize them. The crates can be stacked in countless ways to fit your available space, and they can be placed on their sides with the openings facing out for easy access to your items. Crates are ideal for storing books, toys, records or other smaller items. You can even create a color-coded storage system by assigning one crate color to each type of item you'll be storing.

Don't be afraid to use unconventional ideas for organizing your self-storage space. Whether you buy new items to place in the unit or you make use of items you already have in your home, keeping your storage space neat and tidy takes just a bit of creativity. If you're looking for a storage unit to store your items in, contact a facility like Empire Self Storage for more information.