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How to Organize Inventory

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June 19, 2020

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Managing Inventory

Many business owners find that using self-storage is a critical component to running a successful business. Not only does self-storage provide extra space for inventory and other supplies, but it also can help improve productivity. Many offices lack the necessary storage space to keep paperwork, samples, excess inventory, supplies and extra office furniture. These items end up stored ineffectively around the office, unorganized and inefficient.

Inventory Storage Solutions: 3 Tips for Storing Inventory

As self-storage experts, we’ve helped many business owners streamline their business processes by offering much needed extra space to keep their supplies and inventory. To help you get started, we’ve compiled our list of business storage tips:

1. Create a List of What You Need to Store

Evaluate your office and inventory. What needs to go into storage and what do you need to keep in the office? Files that you need to access everyday are best kept in the office, but supplies you only need occasionally are great candidates for storage. Excess inventory can also be kept in storage. In fact, we have many retailers including nationally known retailers storing extra merchandise inventory in our self storage units rather than cluttering their stores. We’re just a short trip away when the need arises to restock merchandise in their stores.

Remember that your goal is to improve the efficiency of your business, so consider that as you make your list. You want to declutter the office and put items into storage in an organized fashion. Group your list into items you want stored together in the same boxes or shelves. Once you have an idea of what needs to go into storage, you can select the best sized unit. If you aren’t sure, ezStorage self-storage professionals can help you decide.

2. Use Proper Packing Supplies

As you pack up your office inventory, paperwork and other business items, you want to make sure it’s being packed efficiently and in a manner that won’t damage the contents. Use sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and plastic bins to pack smaller items. Furniture can be stacked vertically in the back of the unit, unless you need access to it sooner. Some business owners prefer to use shelving units inside their storage unit to help organize. If you are stacking boxes, heavier boxes should be placed on the bottom.

3. Map out Where Items are Stored

As you begin organizing inventory, supplies and paperwork, keep accurate records. Note where items are placed in the storage unit, quantities and dates they were stored. Continually update your list as you move items in and out. Having an organized list of what you have stored will make it a simple task to retrieve items from storage. Otherwise, you may end up going through several boxes or even the entire unit before you turn up what you need.

Other Business Storage Solutions

Self-storage is a great long-term business storage solution, and it can also provide an easy solution for short-term storage needs too. Also, consider self-storage for these business needs:

  • Remodeling or renovating your office space or building: Move furniture into storage while you paint or expand your offices.
  • Preparing for holiday or peak seasons by storing excess inventory: Build your inventory before busy season hits and keep it from cluttering the office.
  • Rotating seasonal inventory and supplies in and out of use: Keep outdoor patio furniture out of the way in the winter.
  • Moving to a new location: Help make the move easier by storing supplies as you move into the new office.

ezStorage Has Storage Facilities in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Northern Virginia

Are you ready to rent a storage unit for business storage? We’ve recently rolled out a contactless rental option which allows our renters to rent a storage unit from the safety of their homes. This is not only a convenient option, it also helps to minimize person-to-person contact. If you prefer to rent a storage unit onsite, our storage facilities are open and our staff is ready to assist you.

With storage facilities all throughout Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and northern Virginia, we’d be happy to be your storage provider. Rent a storage unit with ezStorage today!

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5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

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10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

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  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!