The clutter on the floor and the lack of labeling would make it difficult to find items in this storage space. (sharpen/

By Mike Jones, VP of Operations,

Today, in some parts of the country people were bundled in coats walking through had snow while others were running around in t-shirts enjoying the warm sun. Ironically, in just a matter of days, the weather patterns for both places can completely switch. Long story short: Spring weather is unpredictable. When you’re putting your things into storage whether it be permanent, seasonal, or for a move, keep in mind you might need more things than you think.

When you’re packing, you should automatically keep anything you know for sure you’ll need towards the front of the unit. If it is near the front, then you won’t have to maneuver walkways or waste time trying to remember where exactly you put something. The convenience of walking up and grabbing is nice especially when you’re in a hurry.

The clutter on the floor and the lack of labeling would make it difficult to find items in this storage space. (sharpen/

A general rule of thumb: don’t have anything where you can’t get to it. Notice I didn’t say “easily” or “readily” get to it. If you have to move a few boxes here and there, that isn’t a big deal, but if you have to move out furniture, boxes, fish tanks, and all kinds of other nonsense  you can be you’ll need whatever it is that is hidden in the abyss. You should be able to access anything in your unit. It is recommended that you leave space along the walls and down the middle of your unit for good air circulation, but it is also good so you can access any items you might need.

Remember keep seasonal items handy. You never know, you might need your snow shovel again in April. Don’t bury that snow shovel deep in the back of a storage unit (because then FOR SURE it will snow). One day the temperatures can reach 80 degrees and be in the low 40s in less than a week. Keep coats, clothes, and other apparel items close by during the spring so you can get to them just in case the weather decides to change directions yet again.

Lastly, when you’re putting boxes into stacks, make sure you are putting the boxes with the label side facing OUT. I know the last thing you want to deal with after a long, hard day of packing is organizing a storage unit, but taking the time to make sure every item is labeled properly can save you a lot of time later. You don’t want to have to sift through box after unmarked box looking for family photos for Timmy’s family tree project that is due tomorrow do you? No. You want to be able to walk right up to the box marked “photo albums.”

You just never know what you might end up needing…and if your luck is anything like mine, you’ll need the thing that is the hardest to get to. So, when you load your storage unit, keep access in mind. You should be able to get to anything in your unit without having to tear the whole thing apart. You should be able to look around at all of the labeled boxes that are stacked nicely and find what you’re looking for. Even if you don’t plan to access your unit on a regular basis, having the ability to find what you need when the time arises is important.