How To: Create a Catalog for the Contents of Your Storage Unit

Catalog Storage Unit ContentsIn previous posts, we’ve explained the benefits of utilizing storage units for an array of different scenarios: staging your home for a sale, storing documents for businesses, bringing home a new baby, among others. Regardless of your storage needs, a climate-controlled storage unit with high-tech security features can ensure that your belongings stay safe and remain undamaged.

Once you’ve entrusted your items to a secure storage facility, it’s important to not only have easy access to the unit, but also hassle-free access to your belongings. To do so, we recommend cataloging your unit’s contents. Below you’ll find simple steps to begin a thorough catalog so you can stay organized:

1. Box Often

Use boxes as much as possible, and try to completely fill the boxes to fully utilize space. Boxes are great for stacking versus other options, but they also work extremely well when creating a catalog. Number each box, and label every side, top and bottom. This way, no matter how the box is put back, it’ll be easy to locate.

2. Take Inventory

In a chart or spreadsheet format, list each box’s number, following with the box’s contents. If possible, designate one line per item for easy readability. You may have certain boxes with mixed contents consisting of many smaller items. In this case, if you don’t feel like listing out each individual item, give the whole box a very descriptive name so you’ll have a good general idea of what’s in it.

For example: If you fill multiple boxes with baby clothes, it’s up to you whether you’d benefit from listing out each item to find something later, or labeling the whole box with a category description, such as “Baby Clothes—Summer (0-12 Months).”

3. Include Price

For more valuable items, such as electronics or sports equipment, create a line in the catalog to indicate what you paid for it, and the year purchased. Then, you can easily reference the total of your assets that you’re keeping in the unit, which can be especially helpful for insurance purposes.

Note: Storage companies typically do not insure unit contents for damage, theft or destruction of any kind. In fact, insurance can sometimes be a mandatory part of your lease. Check with your facility or insurance agent for more information and insurance recommendations.

Ongoing Maintenance

A catalog can be an extremely valuable tool for locating and tracking your belongings if they are correctly documented. If you continue to add items to your storage unit, be sure to update the catalog regularly to ensure you account for all of the items. In addition, make it a habit to take note of anything added to or taken out of the unit each time you leave.

Even though your belongings are stored away, proper documentation provides a simple way to visualize what’s in your storage unit, and ensure your items are accessible at your convenience. In addition to your storage unit, try catalogs for other parts of your home, such as your attic, basement or garage to stay organized.

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