A storage unit is great for removing some of that excess, infrequently used clutter out of your home. But, even if you’re incredibly organized when it comes to loading your storage unit, you can quickly forget what specific items you’ve packed away. Even if you have all of your belongings committed to memory right now, I’d be surprised if you still remembered all of the details in another year or two.
Looking for a few different tools and tricks you can implement in order to remember everything you’ve stacked in your unit — as well as find things in a hurry? Give some of these tips a try!
1. Create a detailed inventory list.
Perhaps one of the most time consuming methods — yet also the most effective — is to create a detailed list of all of the “inventory” you’ve loaded into your unit. Whether you want to handwrite your list or use a program like Excel is totally up to you! Just find something that will work well for your needs.
It’s also at your discretion to decide how detailed you need your list to be. It could just be a running list of all of the belongings in the unit. Or, it could be a meticulous spreadsheet detailing the item and its location or box number in the storage unit. Find a method that you think is effective, yet you can manage to maintain.
2. Separate your storage unit into broad sections.
Visual cues are crucial for helping trigger your memory. So, creating some sort of general “map” for your entire unit will help to spark your memory about what specific items are hiding inside.
Assign different areas of your storage unit to store different things. Perhaps one corner will be for camping gear, one wall will be for furniture, and another wall will be for exercise equipment. Write down your specific categories, and then draw or list their whereabouts in your specific unit. While you aren’t taking the time to list every specific item, having the categories will help to give you a general idea of everything that’s stashed in your unit — in case you forget completely!
3. Implement a color coding system.
Color coding is another great visual cue to help your memory out. If you choose to categorize your unit, you can then assign specific colors to each category.
Label your bins and boxes using applicable colored markers or labels. And, if you keep an inventory list in addition to color coding — you organizing aficionado, you — make sure that your list is also labeled with those color codes! This may not remind you of extremely specific items that are hiding within your boxes and bins. But, it can help to inspire those, “Oh, I remember what’s in there!” moments.
4. Label everything.
Labeling is key for quick reminders, and there are numerous ways you can approach it in your storage unit.
Perhaps you want to label entire shelves or boxes with just one broad category. Maybe you want to assign a box a general category, and then also list out the major items that are inside — so you have a handy inventory list right on the outside of your box. Or, perhaps you want to whip out an old Polaroid camera and tape pictures of a box’s contents to the outside, so you can literally see everything. It’s totally up to you!
Unfortunately, there are no magical pills or potions that will give you a perfect memory. But, these tips and tricks should help you remember at least the majority of the things you stashed in your unit!
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