Ever organize and store items at home or in the office…and then promptly forget where you’ve put those items?
Today’s post offers both practical and creative tips on how to easily find items in storage.
Before we begin, special thanks to T.G. for suggesting today’s post!
Make a cheat sheet.
One of the easiest ways to keep track of what you’ve stored is to make a cheat sheet or short list of where things are kept. How you construct your list is up to you: you could list items stored in various rooms, closets or cabinets, draw a simple diagram, record a short digital voice memo or video to jog your memory, and so on. Find a permanent, visible and well-frequented home for your cheat sheet so you won’t misplace it.
Add storage locations into your to-dos.
If you routinely take items out of storage for holidays or other gatherings, add a little storage location note into your calendar or schedule. For example, if you unpack holiday ornaments on a certain date each year, make a little note to yourself, “Unpack holiday ornaments: they are located in the large oak chest in the attic near the small window.” When unpacking or repacking items, make it a habit to make a note for yourself for next year.
Store items with similar functions in color-coded containers, boxes, bag and crates. You could devise different colors for each room of your house (red for kitchen, blue for bathroom, for example) or store by purpose (financial papers in a green storage container, summertime/beach supplies in a yellow container, etc.) for easy retrieval.
Use a mnemonic device.
Are there certain areas or rooms in your home or office that you already associate with certain storage arrangements or functions? If you have a guest room, you might store and easily remember that you keep unused suitcases there (guest=travel=suitcases) or perhaps additional linens and towels (guests=more people=more linens). What about a finding a ring of household keys in your kitchen? Grease in your garage? Or additional bedding in your bedroom?
How about you? Which way (or ways) do you prefer to store items? Do you take a practical or more creative approach…or perhaps both? Leave a comment below.