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How To Keep Track Of Your Stuff In Storage

Notepad with list of items in Storage

When you are considering putting your stuff into a self storage unit, it's a good idea to create an inventory of the items you are storing and a map of their location in the unit.  

Whether it's your personal items, a family member's, or business storage items, once the items are placed into storage, it's human nature to forget exactly what is stored and where.  When you need to retrieve something quickly, you will want to be able to find it easily.  Remember that setting your self storage unit up to be effective and efficient will take time initially and save time in the long run.


When you want to retrieve an item you will want to go directly to the correct box to retrieve it.  Knowing where everything is will eliminate the need to spend hours looking for an item.  Consider your St Albert self storage unit as an extension of your home.  Creating an inventory list is vital for your home owner's or renter's insurance, should you ever have to make a claim.

When describing your stuff on your inventory list, include specifics, such as the manufacturer, the price you paid and when you purchased them.  This will be particularly useful if there is ever a need to contact your insurance company.  Taking pictures of what is packed in your boxes is also useful.

There are several excellent home inventory apps you can use to create lists and store your related pictures.  Some examples are:  Sortly (IOS, Android), Nest Egg (IOS) and My Stuff (IOS).  


An inventory list can be hand written, in an excel spreadsheet or whatever works for you, as long as it's easy to understand. Title each sheet to match the identifier you've written on the related box.  Break the items into categories or by room and be as specific as possible.  As you are packing items into boxes, start making your detailed lists of what is included in each box.


Make sure you keep your inventory lists safe and in a spot where they are easily accessible.   Also, have a list mounted in your storage unit with a copy of the location map.  As you add or remove items from your storage unit, don't forget to update your inventory lists.

For self storage in St Albert, Riel Park RV & Self Storage has storage units of various sizes to accommodate all your storage needs.  Our storage facility also has both unheated storage units and climate-controlled storage units.   Give one of our storage rental experts a call for more information or to book your storage unit. 

Riel Park RV & Self Storage services the community of St. Albert, Edmonton Garrison, Edmonton, Morinville and other surrounding communities.

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