Tips For Effiecient Storage System & Management
A little bit of planning ahead to make sure your storage unit is organized can save you from a bunch of headaches later on. Here are nine simple tips to help organize a storage unit so that you can find what you need with ease. For any storage system, it is mandatory to have and efficient storage plans that enables, easy retrieval and storage mechanism.
Following can be considered while planning an efficient storage system for efficient working.
- Uniform box size for storing items, if not all of your items : Uniform boxes provides the ease of stacking and accessibility. Small or medium size boxes can be perfect for most of your belongings. Keep in mind large boxes are excellent for items that aren’t very heavy, but may not hold up well at the bottom of large stacks. Large boxes (especially at the bottom of a stack) are also more difficult to remove if you need something out of them.
- Identify the items you may need to access while in storage. The parameter here are slow moving, fast moving and not forgetting the storage of dead inventories that are stored in your storage area. It should be carefully analyzed what moves fast and what moves slow in your storage area. Sometime in large warehouse the seasonal products should also be considered while planning an effective storage location for various products that moves fast with season, the best example of this can be garments. A winter wear can be a fast moving item in winters but not so fast moving in other seasons.
- Labeling Of Racks/shelf and boxes : Label each racks/sheft and the boxes that are stored in the relevant shelf of a rack. Placing a special mark on boxes you may need to access at some point during storage and remember to put them in your storage unit last. Be as detailed as possible with the contents while labeling of location is done
- Creating a Master List of Contents: A master list for the products that maybe stored in a box placed on a shelf of even product directly palced on the shelf should be maintained for effective storage and retrieval system. This can ease out tracing out for various items stored in the storage area. This is very usefull incase of large stprage areas. Such list becomes really handy when you need to find a specific item, especially if some of your boxes will be completely out of view.
- Planned layout of storage unit: If you’re going to access your unit frequently, you’re going to need to put some thought into how you pack your storage unit. Ideally, you want to put the furniture against the wall opposite your boxes to leave a path in the middle of the unit. This way, you can access boxes and furniture items without any hassle. If you need to use the space in the middle, place your most moveable items there so you can remove them with ease.
- Upgrading storage area to a larger unit. You could pack every square inch like a Tetris master, but that makes retrieving items very difficult. A little extra space can give you room for shelving units and a path through the middle of your unit for easy access to most of your belongings. It’s also a good idea to use some space to place something on the ground like wooden or plastic pallets to ensure your furniture, appliances, and especially boxes aren’t resting directly on the ground where they’re vulnerable to spills. Obviously, you don’t want to pay for space you won’t use, but Life Storage’s Size Estimator should give you a good idea how much space you will need.