It’s already time for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training! Finally, after long months of cold weather and being trapped inside, you can soon begin to enjoy baseball, soccer, surfing, and all of your other outdoor activities that have long been banned due to freezing cold temperatures across the country. It is hard to imagine that even the recent weather in southern places such as Miami, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona, Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana has been a bit brisk, but the sunshine is right around the bend and will be here to stay for a long time to come.
All of your stuff has been stored all winter long, just hibernating in its outdoor home. If you are a lover of the outdoors, perhaps you enjoyed skiing or snowboarding these past few weeks, but as soon as spring time hits, you can bust out all of the warm weather stuff and let the good times roll.
You know what that means for your storage shed?
You will have the lucky list of to-do’s from your loved one to re-organize the whole thing. You may roll your eyes and dread the task, but we have found that it is very important to clean out your storage space as well as you can and place the items you want in there in the right order, packed and stacked neatly from back to front.
The best way to go about this tedious task is as follows:
- Open up the front doors to your container, if you have indeed been using a conex box to keep your belongings safe all winter long.
- Make sure that the entire length of the shipping container is cleared out from top to bottom, so that you can examine everything carefully and assess how and where you will use it or re-pack it.
- If you are using a 10 foot container, make sure to leave ample space outside the front of the shed because you can be surprised how much you had jammed in there back when winter was around the bend and you just kept shoving items in one after the other. If you happen to have a 20 foot shipping container or a 40 foot intermodal box, note that you will need even more room, of course, on the outside of the storage unit to sort through everything.
- Take a solid inventory of each item that you have, and make the determination about whether or not you will need to store it back in the unit for the long-term or if you plan to use it more frequently during the warm weather. Just a simple checklist or spreadsheet with a column indicating “Yes” or “No” to the question “Warm Weather Use?” should suffice. If you have an advanced inventory control software of some sort, then feel free to use it but know that it’s not critical and you don’t need to go buy one just for this.
- Develop a stacking and packing strategy, and draw out how you think it will look before you go and move things. You don’t want to waste your time on the heavy lifting if you don’t know exactly where everything is going to be placed. That would be too frustrating to deal with, and you would hate to do double the work.
- Once you are all set with your plan, go ahead and start placing your items back in the box. If you don’t have a shipping container at all to use for a storage shed, you can skip steps 1 through 5 and begin here by stacking and storing your stuff in a new or used conex box. Depending on where you are located, you can usually find good quality storage sheds for sale. Here is an example of the type of company that will sell and deliver one to you if needed: http://www.houstonshipcontainer.com/uses.html.
Now that you know how you will re-arrange your outdoor gear for the warm weather ahead, you can finally make plans for fun times in the sunshine. Some of us might enjoy the winter, but we all seem to love the summer. The sun just puts a good old smile on our faces. And just think, you’ll be even happier knowing that your storage items are organized better than ever before.