Tips to Personalize your Storage


Brennen Durka
November 8th, 2021

5 DIY Tips to Personalize your Storage Unit
Managing your belongings can be a tedious task and if you’re one of those people who feel that your storage space is running out, you've come to the right place. Even the biggest storage units can feel crammed if you don’t sort and manage your items properly.

Before you head out to get another self-storage unit we’ve got some excellent ideas that will maximize the space in your store while also making it aesthetically pleasing.

1. Manage the Shoes

Managing your storage starts with making the most of your floor space, and nothing wastes more floor space than unorganized shoes. You can opt for a shoe closet and you might find some excellent options when you shop for one, but in our experience shoe hangers are a great way of freeing up some much-needed extra floor space.

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and give a very organized look, but shoe hangers are also a perfect cheap storage solution to making the most out of the space available to you. If you’ve got a dozen pairs (or more), then investing in a hanging shoe shelf can help reclaim that much needed space.

Regardless of whether you’re storing alone or have a family of shoe collectors, shoe organizers can help make things look organized and orderly. Shoe shelves can even teach children proper organization skills. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about finding your shoes every now or then if your pets are fond of playing with your older pairs of shoes.

2. Storage Ottomans

Ottomans are an excellent piece of furniture that has a high demand because of their looks and their versatile functionality. If your storage has high shelves that are difficult to access, then investing in storage ottomans is an excellent option to solve that problem.

Storage ottomans look and feel the same but have a hidden storage compartment that will reclaim some much-needed space in your self-storage. You can store small items that otherwise feel cluttered on the ground.

Ottomans look extremely stylish, and you can decorate even a boring room with one. Place one in your storage and you have a thing to climb on to reach the shelves and you can place things on top that you may access less often.

Ottomans also come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. You can opt for the round ones, rectangle-shaped ones, or opt for a hinged design that makes accessing things much easier. This diversity and versatility makes them perfect for regular use in storage units.

3. Bookcases

If you randomly find yourself in a book shop and have a pile of books at your place, chances are you might be looking for a cheap storage option for them. We understand it can be extremely difficult to part ways with a good book and why should you?

Bookcases present an excellent solution to many storage problems. Bookcases can accommodate much more than books and provide an extra shelf on top to store and manage things.

You can add baskets to the sides or mount the bookshelf on the wall to make the most of your space. If you have a big family, you can divide the shelves and each member can manage their bookshelf according to their own needs.

Bookcases can also accommodate the wiring and electrical appliances that are usually in the basement of your home. Be it your cable connection, or the Wi-Fi router, you can aesthetically store things on top without worrying about creating a mess and having to manage it down the road.

4. Set Up a Filing Cabinet

Have a lot of files? Or are your children bringing home loads of homework that is leaving the whole place cluttered? Investing in a small filing cabinet for your storage unit can make things much more organized. It can be placed neatly in a corner and will solve your paper problems in a clean, neat, and organized manner.

Paperwork is a part of life and however hard we try to switch to digitalization; paperwork isn’t going away anytime soon. If your self-storage always feels and looks full, you can get a filing cabinet that will help you in keeping things organized and help focus on what matters.

It is common not to forget about the paperwork and have it lying around for ages! A filing cabinet is a perfect choice for this. Be it insurance or taxes, you can trust your filing cabinet to have your back while freeing up space in your storage unit.

5. Hang It Up!

Do you have plain-looking walls that are boring? You need some space to store things and walls are an excellent option when you’re falling short on floor area. Be it out of season clothes or even bikes. There are great mounting options that you can shop for.

The rising population rate has helped create nifty wall mounts for literally everything and anything in the world. You can even mount bikes onto a stand and push them up against the store ceiling. The avenues are endless, you can mount drawers, filing cabinets, shoes, and even storage ottomans if you’re not going to use them much.

Walls can even help hold unused patio chairs or your seldom-used car and RV repair gadgets. Be sure to try hanging things on the wall if you’re short on space and are looking for a clever solution.

Other Tips on Managing Excessive Storage Needs

We’re confident that our tips will help you get the most out of your storage unit and all of the options provide cheap storage solutions, but if you’re still confused and are looking for a different answer, here are a few things you must try.


It is common to hoard stuff and many a time people tend to keep useless things safe. Granted, things can have some intrinsic value but if a childhood pair of shoes are making your present life difficult it is not worth the extra effort.

In order to live your life to the fullest, it’s a healthy practice to de-clutter regularly. You can make a monthly routine of going through your storage unit and prioritizing things based on your needs.

It is best to start with things that you use regularly and keep them in the handiest spots and the things used less often can be placed a bit deeper than that. For things that you don’t use at all, you’ll need to think about disposing of them.

If you find it difficult to part ways with certain things it is best to have a friend around that can help you decide. Make de-cluttering a part of your life as it can free up some much-needed storage space, save money that you’d otherwise spend on getting extra storage, and can help you feel better as you donate the extra stuff to families that are in need. One mans trash is another mans treasure.

Manage Impulsive Buying Habits

A prudent person only spends on things that they absolutely need or things that improve the standard of living. If you’re an impulse buyer you need to stop before you enter a shop to make a purchase and think about the pros and cons of how that object benefits your life.

A much-overlooked con is being able to find space to place and store your newely purchased toys and gadgets. If you’re reading this, you surley must know this by now. Be sure to evaluate what each purchase brings into your life and manage your purchase decisions accordingly. Weighing out the pro's and con's can be a great way of deciding which purchases are truly worth investing in.


Our DIY storage ideas, tips, and tricks, including our de-cluttering advice, will help you manage your storage needs in the best possible manner. If you have been looking for cheap storage options we hope you got some ideas with these amazing DIY tips! We hope this guide helps you manage your self-storage for all your storage needs!

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