Commercial Storage: Making Use of Storage for Your Business
A business may want to use commercial storage for an array of reasons. In order for that storage to be useful, the business needs to devise a plan to optimize the space. Otherwise, the extra space will only be inconvenient instead of enhancing your business. To learn more about how to optimize commercial storage with XYZ Storage to benefit your business operations, continue reading below.
Why Would a Business Need Storage?
Like people, businesses accumulate stuff and sometimes require the use of storage. Below are common reasons XYZ Storage customers use commercial storage. But of course, every business is unique!
- Organize offices for professionalism and space
- Archive previous year’s documents
- Business relocation
- Store supplies and merchandise
- Save money on warehouses and other commercial spaces
- Startup or home business
- Seasonal storage
- Real estate staging
Why Customers Choose XYZ Storage
Before you choose commercial storage, it’s best to consider the needs of your business. For example, if you’re using a storage unit for long term storage, proximity isn’t super important. But if you were using storage to store raw materials, supplies and merchandise, proximity would matter.
Before selecting a unit at XYZ Storage, consider what’s important to you and your business, such as:
- Storage unit size
- Length of time
- Climate control
- Security and surveillance
- Convenience and accessibility
If your business is doing more than simply storing items, you might need additional services. In addition to storage units, XYZ Storage offers the following services for businesses:
How to Optimize Your Commercial Storage
Business owners and their employees are busy, it’s helpful if storage spaces are adequately organized, accessible, and navigable. Below are tips that XYZ Storage recommends to keep your commercial storage unit optimized and organized to ensure your business operations aren’t impaired.
This tip is pretty obvious, but still worth mentioning! The better-labelled containers are, the easier it will be to find something in the future.
Create an Aisle
By having an aisle, you can walk through your storage unit to easily access everything in there. You should also face labels towards the aisle so that you can see everything.
Use Vertical Space
Storage units often have high ceilings. For this reason, it’s favourable to store upwards instead of horizontally. Make sure to store the less important items on the bottom!
Create an Inventory List
As your business grows, you might have more employees or storage units. An inventory list can make it easy for you or someone else to navigate items or documents. In addition, you can create a map of the storage unit detailing where everything is. After all, storage becomes less optimal if you don’t know where anything is!
Important Items at the Front
The more important an item is, the closer to the front it should be. For example, if you are using your storage unit for raw materials, they should be close to the front. This way you can access them at any time. On the other hand, documents from 2010 can stay at the back.
A similar point is to always store heavy, durable items on the bottom and lighter, fragile items on the top. This will reduce damage to delicate items.
Oddly shaped items or containers are difficult to store because they may not fit next to their counterparts. Square containers are easier to store side by side or stack.
Depending on how you’re intending to use your storage space, shelving might be an ideal choice. There’s no better way to keep everything organized than by using shelving!
Every once in a while, you should assess the items stored and whether you still need them. Clutter and mess build up quickly. By donating, selling, or tossing what you don’t need, you’ll keep your unit clean. Assessing what’s in your storage unit every year is a good benchmark.
Your Business, Your Rules
Ultimately, every business is unique and operates on varying sets of rules. What works for you and your business may not work for someone else and that’s okay. XYZ Storage’s goal is to help businesses of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Whatever your storage needs are, XYZ Storage can help you today!