The majority of business types require you to store inventory, which can often make a difference between an increase in efficiency and failure. According to many entrepreneurs, introducing self-storage is a stepping stone towards success and they aren’t wrong – self-storage provides more space for inventory, as well as for other supplies, which means improved productivity. However, properly organizing your inventory is a necessary step towards a well-functioning self-storage space.

List it!

Lists are useful in various branches of businesses, but organizing a storage space without one is absolutely impossible; at least if you want to make sure you can actually find what you are looking for in your storage. Before even putting items into self-storage, you need to outline your entire inventory and consider which items should be designated for storage. For starters, think about what you will need at the office for everyday usage and what you won’t use that often. A majority of documents, for example, can be safely tucked away into your storage. To complete your list, make sure that you group the items into two categories: one with the items that can be stored in boxes and the other with the items that will go on shelves.

Pack ‘em!

Regardless of the item type, you need to make sure that everything is packed efficiently and safely. Office inventory, paperwork and other items all need to be packed in a way that won’t cause damage. Don’t be too stingy when it comes to packing supplies – use sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, plastic bins and proper packing tape – everything should be done in order. When it comes to furniture, think about whether or not you might need it anytime soon – if not, feel free to stack the items on top of each other in the back of your storage unit. As a rule of thumb, heavier boxes should be placed on the bottom. Finally, label everything; failing to do this can lead to a logistical nightmare!

Map Everything

The main issue with storing items is not knowing where exactly they were stored. This can lead to hours of time wasted on looking for these and even cause damage due to having to literally ‘dig’ through piles and piles of boxes. Mapping everything out pretty much goes without saying, but doing so during the listing part of planning might not be a great idea; some changes might occur during the actual storing and this can cause further complications. This is exactly why mapping where every item is stored immediately after it’s stored is the proper way to go.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your storage unit or units is obligatory. You should keep things tidy and clean as well as protect and revitalize your floors in a timely manner. Concrete floor paint is a must inside any storage space, but keep in mind that the floors need to be cleaned with a high-water pressure hose prior to applying the paint in order to remove dust, dirt and debris so that the paint adheres properly. Additionally, in order to remove previous coatings from a concrete floor, you should opt for floor grinding, which will open the pores in the concrete.

When it comes to maintaining proper order, it is crucial that you keep the aisles clear. The biggest cause of clutter inside a warehouse or any other type of storage is not storing the items in their designated places. Regardless of how tight your daily schedule is, always take time with your inventory.

The success of your business hugely depends on how efficiently your storage space is run. Things should run smoothly, which requires you to properly list your items, pack them securely, map everything out and, above all, provide proper maintenance.

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