Some of our warehouse spaces are pretty big—huge, you might even say. Depending on your needs, you can lease a warehouse space at any number of square feet (for some perspective, Genet Property Group leases over 1.5 million square feet of property in South Florida). But no matter the size of the space you need, whatever you’re storing will be lost in a boundless sea or deep pond unless you have a surefire organizational system for your warehouse. If you’re able to pay for it, a computerized inventory system is definitely recommended for the professionals with a lot of inventory coming in and out of a warehouse. But if you’re on your own, how can you better organize your warehouse space?
No matter what you’re using a warehouse space for, setting up quadrants for storage or for active equipment will help you keep track of where items are and where they’re meant to be. Envision your warehouse as a giant kitchen utensil drawer—there needs to be individual slots with easy access for the forks and knives you use every day, but there should also be a spot in the back for the ice cream scooper that lies dormant most of the time.
It also helps to label all of the objects you’re storing so you know where they ought to be when not in use or when they’re waiting to head out of the warehouse. And with labeling comes cataloging: it is perhaps most beneficial to keep an accurate log of all of the items and machinery in your warehouse to ensure that everything is accounted for. To make sure nothing is lost or stolen or removed from the space, it helps to keep up-to-date with your catalog and do sweeping inventory counts every so often.