Keeping Track of Your Self Storage Unit

Most people have a good idea of what is in their closet or basement and some even keep track of what they have in their garage or other outside storage sheds. However, if they have some of their belongings in a storage facility they tend to believe they will remember everything they move into it. That is until they can’t find something at home and mistakenly believe that since it isn’t at home it must be in the self-storage unit.

After driving out to the unit and digging through everything they realize they were wrong and it must be in another location at home. This may seem to be far-fetched but for many folks who do not inventory their storage unit it can be a reality. However, keeping an accurate inventory of what is in a self-storage unit can also be helpful in the event of theft or storm damage. You will have an accurate list of everything to turn over to your insurance company.


In addition to keeping an accurate updated list, depending on the size of your self-storage unit you should draw a quick map of where in the unit specific items are located. This will help you out when you have to go to the unit to find something. Now the map doesn’t have to be drawn to scale, just information to show which side of the unit it is located. You might create sections in the unit for example, with two or four-foot sections labeled on your map such as L-1, indicating the first section on the left side of the unit.

If it isn’t against the rental rules of the unit, place a piece of tape on the wall, ceiling or floor indicating the section number to correspond to the sections on your map. If you have to send someone else to retrieve something from the unit they should have no trouble, provided you kept the map updated. Every time something was removed from the unit it needs to be removed from the map and when you add something to the unit it needs to be added to the map and the location updated.

While it may seem like a lot of work, the time it will save when trying to find one item from a crowded self-storage unit can be huge. By keeping your unit organized it also prevents damage to other items when you get frustrated from looking and just start throwing things around looking for one specific item. Not only could you damage other items, you could also injure yourself digging around, not really knowing what is in there.

When you inventory the items in your storage unit, if applicable also record any model numbers or serial numbers. In event of a theft or natural disaster, this can help identify your items to police or to your insurance carrier. Without adequate identification it can be difficult to prove ownership and could result in not being able to recover the items or the cost of replacing them.

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