Renting a storage unit can be a great way to minimize the clutter within your home. But many times, you’ll want to know exactly what items are placed within your storage unit. And without a comprehensive inventory, you’ll have only a limited idea on your stored items. Within this latest post, our experts provide their guidance on how to maintain an ongoing inventory within your storage unit.
First, Label Your Boxes
One of the most common mistakes made in the inventorying process is not labelling the items within the unit. With so many items stored in boxes, it’s important to keep each item labelled. And so you should go through all the boxes in the unit and then label them. As you do so, write down the label of the box on a sheet of paper and write a description highlighting its location in the unit.
Photograph The Boxes
Many storage unit holders forget this important element when beginning their inventory work. It’s critical that you photograph the boxes held in your unit to highlight their condition and their placement in case they are lost or destroyed in future. You may have to use the photographs as evidence when working with your insurance company on a future claim. Having access to photos of the boxes and the items stored within the unit will also ensure you can easily and quickly determine the placement of the box when you come to open the unit in the future. The photos should also be stored within your email or on a computer for safe-keeping and quick access.
Create A Digital Inventory
For those who work primarily with computers, it might be better to have a digital inventory of the stored items. Use a simple spreadsheet to take down the information on the boxes within the unit and be sure to include data on the handling requirements for items within the box, as well as the box’s specific location in the unit. Using a digital system will make it easier to update your inventory going forward and will help you to search the inventory should you want to know more about your stored items in future.
Forward-Planning Can Help Limit Your Workload
In approaching the inventorying process, first consider the time it will take to complete the work and then make sure you have a clear understanding of the storage process. For example, you should know that larger boxes should be placed at the back of the unit, unless they contain often-used products. By gaining a clear idea of storage requirements and by building your inventory with precision, you can create a system that allows for swift and simple retrieval, and up-to-date information for all stored items!
To discover more about building a refined storage system inventory, call our trusted team at Burlington today!