How To Properly Label Your Things


People put items into storage for all kinds of reasons. For example, some folks might be moving to a smaller home and don’t have the space to fit everything in their new home. Or some belongings need a temporary place to get stored until they end up getting reunited with their owner in their new abode.

If you’re going to store some items in a storage unit soon, it makes sense to label your boxes and containers. Doing so means you can quickly identify which box or container has specific items, and helps you avoid spending a long time going through everything to find what you need!

In today’s blog post, you will learn how to label your things like a true professional properly! Here is what you need to know.

Decide on a labelling system that suits your needs

In general, there are two ways of labelling your items. The first is by using colour-coding, and the second is with a numerical system.

The colour-coding labelling system

To use the colour-coding method of labelling your items, you will need a variety of different coloured permanent marker pens. The good news is they are available in office supply shops, post offices, and even supermarkets.

The way that the colour-coding labelling system works is quite simple. You allocate each colour to a specific room, individual, or theme. For instance:

  • Green = living room;
  • Purple = kitchen;
  • Orange = bedroom 1;
  • Blue = bedroom 2;
  • Yellow = bathroom.

Such a system makes it super-quick and easy to locate items that are stacked up in self storage in Horsham or wherever you are in the UK.

The numerical labelling system

As you might expect, you mark each box with a number, usually starting from one, but you can use whatever numbers you like. Be sure not to use the same numbers twice or more; otherwise, you’ll cause confusion and delay when attempting to retrieve certain items!

Before you seal up each box, it makes perfect sense to create an inventory list of everything that’s inside. So box number one could contain items from your kitchen, box number two might have books from your living room bookshelf, and so forth.

Write specific handling instructions for each box

You’ll likely have some boxes or containers that have fragile items packed within them. For those, you need to write something like “fragile” on the box or an arrow pointing up so you know which way the boxes and containers should face.

Another advantage of noting such instructions down is that anyone who handles those boxes or containers will know to take extra care when handling them. If you’re moving home, for example, and you’re temporarily storing items in a storage unit, several people will likely be helping you transport your worldly goods.

Don’t risk leaving anything to chance when it comes to handling fragile items. Otherwise, you might face disappointment and possibly even a large repair bill. Last, but not least, be sure you make the handling instructions clear so anyone can easily understand them.


Good luck!