How to Organize Home Business Inventory

Organize Home Business Inventory
Organize Home Business Inventory

How to Organize Home Business Inventory. A home-based business often fills your house with clutter. Paperwork is stacked in haphazard piles, inventory remains in the original shipping boxes and you cannot find your packing slips anywhere. Follow these steps to organize the chaos.

Evaluate Your Inventory Landscape

Locate your inventory and stage items in one place. Unpack any boxes for easy identification and minimized space per item.

Separate unnecessary inventory from your company.

Record your inventory items and supply counts in an electronic spreadsheet.

Assign a specific space, such as a closet or shelving system, to store your inventory. Gauge the amount of space you'll need. If you require additional space, consider purchasing a cabinet from a discount retailer or storage manufacturer, or conserve space with a storage unit that can fit in the closet or under a table.

Clean your space to include only your inventory. Do not mix the inventory with other office items. This creates clutter.

If you have employees that access this inventory, map the inventory for efficient access.

For inventory in prepackaged boxes, stack those items together on a shelf or in stationary crates. For oddly shaped or large amounts of small items, place these items in a removable tote or bin.

Organize and Label Inventory

Separate your inventory into categories that make sense to you.

Determine how you will store your inventory in your storage space.

Identify what items you need most, and then place them in easy-to-access locations while putting other items in secondary locations.

Label your items using masking tape and a marker or a label-making system.

Discard or recycle unneccessary storage and packing materials.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your space for inventory needs, such as a specific lighting, temperature or moisture requirements.
  • Anticipate seasonal or business growth increases in your inventory so your space is functional for long-term use.
  • Use existing storage supplies or seek inexpensive storage when possible to avoid costly organization systems. Your local home improvement store will likely carry simple solutions such as standard shelves or bins in a variety of sizes.
  • If you have multiple products for one group of items, simply alphabetizing your inventory from A to Z may not be helpful. Consider categorizing by group of items and then alphabetizing. (Example: if you sell beauty supplies, organize the facial moisturizers separate from the perfume.)

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