My husband and I are complete opposites. While I’m extremely organized, my spouse isn’t. He regularly scatters important documents such as credit card statements, car insurance bills, and pay stubs around our home. Because I worry about losing important papers, I’m constantly developing smart storage solutions for our documents. I keep some of our papers in a safe. I keep other items in a handy storage folder complete with tabs. I’ve labeled some of the tabs with the types of mail my husband and I receive regularly such as bills, retirement information, healthcare documentation, and sales papers. Another great option for storing mountains of paperwork is a rented storage unit. By housing important documentation in this type of storage facility, you can keep it out of your home. On this blog, I hope you will discover some ingenious ways to store your pertinent documents.
If your painting business is expanding and you have decided to rent a local storage unit to store your painting equipment and supplies when they are not in use, then it is important that you properly organize the new space. Properly organizing your company's new storage unit ensures that you will be able to easily access the tools and supplies that you need and will greatly lower your frustration level and paint waste. To this end, here are some tips for organizing your storage unit to best meet the needs of your painting business:
Tip: Treat Your Storage Unit Like Your Business's Office Space
When you move your painting business into a storage unit, it is important that you think about the new space as an extension of your business office. Since you will need basic office supplies to do things like mark spaces on the floor or label paint with your customer's name, it is important that you have the necessary materials on hand to do so. Place a small desk and chair in your storage unit and supply it with each of the following office supplies:
By having these supplies at hand, you and your employees can keep your storage unit organized as well as leave notes for each other when necessary.
Tip: Designate Locations for Your Air Compressors and Other Large Tools
When you are organizing your new storage unit, take a moment to think about the tools and supplies that you will need to regularly access. For example, your paint sprayers and air compressors will need to be loaded in and out of your storage unit each workday. To make this process easier, designate spaces for each tool that are easily accessible and near the door. Mark off each area using masking tape on the floor. This will keep people from leaving other materials in their designated spaces.
Tip: Designate Areas for Your Customer's Paint
Since you will be storing custom colored paints for your customers, it is important that you have designated spaces to keep them separated. The easiest way to do this is to place shelves in the unit and label each shelve when you place a new customer's paint on it.
Tip: Stock Your Storage Unit with Pallets
Finally, if you also do sheet rock repair or store other building materials in your storage unit, then you should stock your storage unit with some plastic or wooden pallets. The pallets will allow to keep things off of the floor and prevent moisture or rodent damage.