With the cost of office space these days, making the best use of what you have is important. And if you find yourself either running out of space, working in a more cluttered space or needing space to grow, then moving some things to a storage container might be just the ticket.
Documents, furniture (including seasonal furniture), filing cabinets, and more may be piling up and threatening to overwhelm you. Moving to a larger space is an option, as is renovating your existing space to be more effective. But do not overlook short-term or long-term self-storage unit rental as a great solution to your space issues. Even if you are expanding your space or moving somewhere else, self-storage is a great way to safely store valuables, documents, and furniture during the mayhem of relocating.
How do you store stuff effectively without losing track of what things are where? Here are some tips to help things go smoothly.
Inventory your storage items
Develop a system and ruthlessly stick to it. Storage should not be a black hole into which things disappear and never return. Carefully decide exactly which items will go to storage and then inventory each item. Include descriptions of each item as well as its final resting spot in the storage unit and keep several copies of your inventory: one stored at the unit, one for general office use, and one for your personal files. Keep the inventory lists updated as you remove or add items to the unit. Never store boxes that have not been labelled on at least the top and one side.
Strategically plan placement
It makes sense that things you need more frequently should be easily accessible in the container. Unfortunately, in the hurry to get things stored and out of the way, you might be tempted to skip the step of creating a strategic placement plan. Plan what will go in the back of the container, what will go in the middle, and what will be most easily accessible at the front. Label each item with its final location. Storage containers that you pack yourself make this step a lot easier.
Expensive equipment, valuable documents, furniture, and textiles should not be left exposed to extremes of heat and cold. A climate controlled storage container is ideal for your needs as this type of unit will maintain an even temperature throughout seasonal changes. Computers and computer-related technology are especially susceptible to temperature fluctuations, so do not risk damage to your investments even in the short term.
By getting things out from under foot but still available as you need them, smart use of high quality self-storage container can be a boon to your business. Your neater, less cluttered office space will feel more efficient, which is a big boost to productivity.