Labeling storage boxes 101

Whether you are moving to a smaller home, renovating, or you just want to remove excess items from cluttering your living space, you will probably need to find a good warehouse for rent in Jeddah to keep them safe.  If you are preparing to put your stuff in storage, besides packing them tightly you will need to think about labeling storage boxes. Even though labeling doesn’t seem like an important issue, it will remain to look that way until you need to take something out of those boxes. When the day comes, you will regret why you didn’t take the time and labeled your boxes when you should.

Things to think about before labeling storage boxes

When you are thinking about labeling storage boxes, your primary goals are to keep your stuff organized and to be able to find what you are looking for quickly. How and will you label your boxes depends on the many things.

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If you want to keep your storage organized, put your stuff in boxes and label them properly

Questions you will need to ask yourself before you decide on labeling storage boxes

Why are you storing your stuff?

If you are storing your stuff while you are renovating your home, it means that they will be stored for not too long. In this situation, you do not really have to deal with labeling your boxes in detail. You can simply write the name of the room. Or you can use color labels that will help you to know which box goes where before unpacking.

On the other hand, if you are storing your stuff long term, and you will need to access them regularly, make sure that you note the entire content of the box. This will help you find what you are looking for quickly.

Where are you storing your stuff?

If you are storing your boxes in your home, it probably means that you will have just a few boxes and that they will be constantly on your sight. This is a situation where you do not have to bother much with detail labeling.

On the other hand, if you are storing your items in a warehouse Riyadh, detailed labeling will help you to recollect what you packed and where.

How many boxes do you have?

If you have just a few boxes, you can even skip labeling storage boxes. However, because there are just a few of them you can devote several minutes and mark them properly.

On the other hand, if you have many boxes with lots of stuff inside them, labeling will be crucial.

Pile of cardboard boxes
It also depends on how many boxes you have

Will you need to access your stuff during the time they are in storage?

Of course, if you are storing your boxes to forget about them, marking their insides will probably not be on your mind.

However, if you are storing your stuff and you know that you will need to access them regularly, you will have lots of trouble if you didn’t label them correctly.

How long will your stuff be stored in a warehouse Riyadh?

If you are storing your items just for a month, until your renovation is complete, for example, labeling your containers by room will be enough.

If you are storing your stuff long term in warehouse Saudi Arabia, after a few months, you will not have a clue what is packed where. Labeling, in this case, is recommended.

Are you using cardboard boxes or plastic containers?

If you are using cardboard boxes, you can use painter’s tape and write the contents of the box on it. It is easy to remove if you want to keep your box unscratched (this will probably be impossible to do).

If you are using plastic containers, you can also use painters tape, color labels, you can insert a piece of paper in a plastic label holder, or, if you do not want to bother too much, you can write directly on the box with a permanent marker.

Are you planning to reuse those boxes in the future?

If you are planning to reuse your cardboard boxes in the future, you want to use nondestructive types of labeling. This means painter’s tape or plastic label holders that you will stick on the box.

Who is packing your stuff, you or your packing crew?

If you are packing your items, you will be in charge of labeling. On the other hand, if you are hiring movers and packers in Riyadh to pack your stuff, remind them to label your stuff in detail. So you can find what you are looking for later.

Prepare tagging materials before you start labeling storage boxes

When you are preparing for labeling, you will need to acquire labeling materials. Of course, depending on the labeling system that you choose, you can prepare:

  • Permanent markers are an essential tool when labeling storage boxes
  • Color labels
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Plastic tag holders
Plastic tag holder
Plastic tag holders can be a great solution for labeling storage boxes

Choose your labeling system

There are many ways in which you can label storage boxes. Of course, it all depends on your needs, time and will. Some systems may be simpler for you some may be more complicated. Here are the labeling systems that people with experience have come up with:

The color labeling system is probably simplest at first. Dedicate a color for certain types of items, and mark the box with that specific color each time you put something in it. For example, you can use yellow for your kid’s toys, red for tools, or blue for kitchen items. Each time you put something in a box, mark it with that specific color. Once you want to find a toy, you only have to go through boxes with yellow markings.

The numeric system is also a good way to mark your boxes. Give every box a number, and create a spreadsheet in which you will note the contents of your boxes.

Writing content directly on the box is maybe the most difficult way to label your boxes. Even though this requires you to put some effort into labeling storage boxes at first, it will make it much easier once you start looking for specific items.

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