After going through the task of decluttering, cleaning, and organizing your living space, there may be instances where you have a hard time finding things you need or have forgotten where you kept them. Labels make your life easier. Just when you think you have covered every element of organizing, you realize you have not been taking your labeling skills to a higher level.
Labeling is an important part not just in organizing your things at home, but also for your self-storage. It is always better to be prepared and organized when placing your belongings at a storage company. This makes it easier for you to access what you need.
If you’re keen on improving your decluttering process, here are some amazing labeling techniques that will help you brush up your organizing skills.
Label To Make Your Life Easier
Ideally, it is advisable to label for safety purposes, to keep yourself from accumulating clutter, and to ensure that you are putting away your things at the right place. Labeling ultimately comes down to how your home functions. Labels could be extremely helpful but are not always necessary. So be mindful of what you label.
- Label food containers with dates to avoid eating spoiled or expired food.
- Label items that are fragile and hazardous.
- Label food containers for spices and condiments.
- Label things to identify the possessions of each family member.
- Label to help you and your family put away things in its proper storage.
- Label to identify the contents of a non-transparent container or bin.
- Label Storage boxes before keeping them in self-storage.
- Label Utilities (pipes, electric wires, and switch cabinet).
Gather Your Labeling Tools
Before you start labeling, make sure to gather all the necessary tools that can help you in making it easier to accomplish. Be creative with the materials you use for labeling. It’s best to invest in a compact labeling machine that you can use for a long time.
- Quality Markers ( in assorted colors, permanent and waterproof)
- Adhesive Tape ( assorted colors if possible)
- Labeling Machine ( compact and good quality)
- Magnetic labels ( available in stationery shops)
- A pair of good quality scissors.
Now it is clear which items to label for your home using the right tools you need, let’s explore some techniques you can use to put your labeling skills to a higher level when keeping your things inside boxes for your self-storage.
Color and Number Coding.
When packing your belongings to be kept at a storage company, place your items inside boxes per category or per room. For instance, items for kitchen use should be labeled green, while blue can be used for your stuff in the bedroom. By doing this, it will be easier to spot which boxes belong to which rooms. Grab your colored markers and adhesives to label your boxes according to category.
Similarly, label your boxes by assigning a number per category. Having an organized system in labeling your things will save you time in unpacking or locating your belongings at your self-storage. Make sure to place your labels on the sides and avoid putting in on top; this is to avoid confusion once the boxes are stacked on top of each other.
When labeling boxes for moving or self-storage, Timing is crucial for the overall effectiveness. Postponing the labeling job until you’ve finished packing all your boxes will make it possible for you to forget what’s inside, which leads to confusion and wasting time going through each of them.
Upgrade your color and number coding by creating a storage index. To put it simply, a storage index is a list of the contents for each box inside your storage. This is especially helpful for people using storage companies for their online business. By having a file listing the contents of your storage boxes, you won’t have to rummage through each container to find an item or a stock you need. For instance, a page number can correspond to a specific storage box or container and has a list of everything that’s inside it. Here is an example:
PAGE 5 – BOX 5
Contents: Stones for accessories
– Lapis Lazuli
– Smoky Quartz
Remembering the items inside each of your boxes may be difficult even if it is labeled properly with colors or numbers. Keeping an index in the form of a binder will make your life easier.
Labeling Your Boxes Properly Matters
Whether your packing to relocate or move your belongings to a storage company, choose a labeling system that will work with your preferences. It will save you time and make the whole process of moving less stressful. Partnering with a trusted moving and storage company will put you at ease knowing that your belongings are taken care of.
If you need help in moving or looking for a safe place to store your items, you can contact our friendly staff at 800-THE BOX or visit our office and let’s discuss it over coffee or tea and some biscuits in between!