Getting a storage unit is one of the best ways to clear clutter, protect valuables, stay organized, and conquer stress. Even with all these great perks, there are still a number of things you can do to stay on top of your storage game. We’ve collected five of our favorite tips below; follow them, and you’ll save time, money, and maybe even your sanity.

We’ve all experienced that dreaded moment toward the end of a packing marathon, when every box starts to get slapped with the dreaded “miscellaneous” label. Don’t fall into this trap! As you pack your items for storage, take the time to label your boxes clearly and keep like things together. And if you do end up with a box of assorted knick-knacks, write what those items are on the outside of the box. It will take a few extra minutes now, but it will save you a lengthy headache later.

Don’t wrap your fine china in old newspaper, or stack boxes precariously in the corner. If you’re taking the time to store items in a climate controlled facility with 24-hour security, these things must be important to you. Treat them right, even when they’re out of sight.

A shelving unit can help you expand the amount of space inside your storage unit. This allows you to keep more things in your storage unit without having to upgrade, and without having to dig through piles of boxes to find what you need, when you need it. Because this is a shelving unit that won’t be seen, a second hand, utilitarian shelf should be just fine—there’s no need to spring for something expensive or fancy.

A quick sketch of the unit and where each item is placed, along with a detailed list of what, exactly, is in the storage unit, is a great way to keep track of your belongings. While this tip might seem like overkill now, in a few months you’ll be grateful you took the time to do this! Not only will it help you remember what you’ve got in storage, it’s also an easy way to give yourself some extra peace of mind.

Storage units are a temporary fix, which means you’ll want to retrieve items at some point—especially if you store seasonal belongings, such as holiday decorations. Keep items you only use once a year toward the back, while other items you may want to access more often, such as office supplies or tools, closer to the front. This will keep your belongings from turning into needles in a storage-unit sized haystack, and make them easy to retrieve as needed.

By taking the time to pack, label, inventory, and stack, you’re storage unit will help you organize your life more efficiently. For more information on how, where, and what to store, contact Extra Attic Self-Storage today.