Whether you are using a self-storage unit for short term or long term, organization is key in getting the most out of your unit and taking inventory of your possessions before they enter your unit will be invaluable later. By being meticulous and organized, a planned pack is key to making your life easier and getting the most out of your storage unit
Some Inventory Taking ideas for your storage unit
- Before you even begin, start planning what items will be put in storage. Make inventory lists that will give an idea of how to organize items.
- Organize your packing based on your lists. Before packing boxes, take a photo of the items that will go in the box. Keeping photos in a file on your computer can help you remember exactly what is packed. The photo taped to the box can help identify contents and saves quite a bit of time trying to label the box.
- Making a floor plan is an excellent way to keep track of what is going in your storage unit and will be incredibly helpful when organizing your unit. Whether you are filling your storage unit in one visit or plan on visiting on a regular basis, a detailed floor plan will enable you to find your contents easily. Include in your inventory list what was added, the date, and where it is stored in the unit. The inventory list you have made will enable you to plan for future needs. For example, seasonal items can be placed in front while less used items will be placed further back.
The best way to take inventory is with an app or a spreadsheet. We have compiled a list of some of our favourite moving apps available to help with this.