The Best QR Code Storage System For Your Home!

QR codes are so much more than those squares you see on flyers.


You can use QR Codes to create the BEST storage system for your home!

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In this step by step guide, I will walk you through how to organise your home with QR (quick response) codes, specifically how I organise my loft.

You don't need any technical skills – and you don’t have to be a techie

I break down the process into simple steps, so you can transform your storage.

You’ll never wonder what’s hidden in the piles of boxes in storage ever again. 

How To Use QR Codes For Storage In 5 Easy Steps

When we moved into our house, I promised myself that our loft and shed would not become the place where things go to die.

If you have ever done a house move, you know exactly what I mean. 

So if we were going to store anything there, we had to know exactly what was in each box.

There is only one way to do that and the QR Code organisation system (which is free by the way) has made this accessible to every single person. 

Before we get into the steps, here are five things you’ll need: 

  • A QR Code generator (I share a few below)
  • Printer and paper
  • Glue or Tape
  • Online storage system like Google Drive or Evernote
  • Phone or laptop (Preferably a laptop)

Step #1 – Organise the items into boxes

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You want to start by purging any items you don’t need. 

It’s easy to hold on to items that have sentimental value.

Take my advice, if you know that you won’t need the item in 6 months to 1 year, give it away to charity or sell it. 

The only exception in my opinion are expensive baby items that you might want to reuse for your next baby or Christmas decorations. 

Now that you’ve purged and they are all in separate boxes, you want to make a note of all the items in the box in the next step.

Step #2 – Take a picture and upload to any online storage system

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Take a picture of the contents of each box or if you have the time, take photos of individual items in the box. 

As long as you can see what each item contains, do what works best for you. 

I know it can be such a pain to take photos, just write a list instead if that’s easier. 

I personally use Google Drive but you can use Evernote as well. 

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I love to organise my different boxes into folders, if that works for you as well.

It might seem like a lot of upfront work but trust me when I say it gives you incredible peace of mind.

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You can create a household email and Google Drive account to store all your household needs, passwords, paint colour numbers etc.

Step #3 –  Find a free QR code generator

QR Code Generator

Now that the difficult bit is over, in order to organise your home with QR Codes – of course you have to find an application that can generate QR codes.

There are several QR code generators. For demonstration I have used Adobe Express

They have a completely FREE Custom QR code generator that’s easy to use. Log on to Adobe Express and click ‘Generate QR Code’ 

Grab the link from your online storage (like Drive) and pop that into where it says ‘Enter or paste website URL’

With the Adobe Express QR code Generator you can customise the style and colour to match your household colours that you want to match. 

Here's a list of other QR Code generators online: 

Step #4 – Print and Paste

Almost there! It’s time to print.

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I don’t like wasting paper, so I prefer to print several QR codes at the same time. 

When I sit to organise, I would typically be organising several boxes at once, this makes things even easier.

If you have downloaded your QR codes to your computer, all you need to do is create an A4 size graphic and resize your QR codes to fit on that page. 

Using Adobe Express in this case, under ‘Create a new project’ click ‘Custom Size’ 

Adobe Express

Insert the pixel numbers and click ‘Next’

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A4 in pixels is 2480 x 3508 pixels

This will take you to an A4 size graphic that’s ready for you to customise. 

When you are done, simply download as a PNG file and print. 

Sometimes when resizing QR codes they might not work anymore.

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When you are resizing your QR codes to fit on one page, double check that the QR codes still work by doing a quick scan with your phone whilst still in the application. 

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I find that you get more pixels on your QR code when the link you use is long. Sometimes when you use a link shortener, the QR code has less squares in it. 

Step #5 – Scan and Use

I can’t believe we are finally here! It’s time to use your cute little codes.

Honestly, nothing comes closer to magic!

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Cut out your tiny little squares and glue them to the corresponding boxes – check first, you don’t want to glue the wrong code to the wrong box. 

Now all you need to do is scan with your phone and enjoy your newly organised space. Aaagh – that’s me breathing a collective breath of fresh air on your behalf. 

Most phones can scan QR codes but if yours doesn’t there are several QR code scanning apps available to download. 

The level of sanity you will get from taking this tiny piece of action is unmatched.

I promise you! 

I am so proud of you for doing this.

Now let’s explore other ways we can use this same concept in other areas of the house shall we?

Other Ways To Use QR Codes For Storage

Although I prefer to use QR codes for larger items that have to be in storage e.g Christmas decor.

Here are some other ways you can organise with QR codes around the house or even the office.

Once you start using QR codes, you are not going to stop!

Idea #1 Photo Album:

Instead of lugging around large photo albums that take up space in the house.

You can organise all your albums digitally and have one book with QR codes pasted in. This way you have a digital book that houses all the QR codes you need to access your precious personal and family memories.  

Idea #2 Recipes

I don’t know about you but I get some amazing recipe ideas from grocery store items like pasta and flour.

You want a system to quickly store them and keep them organised. 

To do that, take a picture and upload it to your online storage system.

Generate a QR code and pop that QR code in any of your recipe books.

You can upload as many recipes to the same folder link so that you have all your ‘random’ recipes organised in a sustainable way. 

Idea #3 Instruction manuals / Instruction videos

If there is an equipment or device in your home that has a complex step my step method, why not record a video of yourself doing said thing and generate a QR code for it.

The QR code can now be stuck to the back of the device.

This makes it so easy for anyone to follow because they can watch the video step right on their phone.  

Idea #4 Organise Office

With QR codes, the possibilities are endless.

You can organise files in your office and never have to rummage through drawers and cabinets anymore. 

Do you know how freeing that is?

You can create a list online with all the items in that file/folder/cabinet and anyone with access to your office can immediately know what’s in each cabinet by simply scanning.

When I say the possibilities are endless, I truly mean endless. 

Idea #5 Organise Pantry 

Finally, QR codes could come in really handy when organising pantry inventory.

You can keep a list of all the things you have, and know when to restock items. 

You can also use it to keep track of expiry dates for items in the both the pantry and the fridge. 

This will take a bit more organisation and keeping on top of your list but it is absolutely doable if you dedicate some time to it. 

Final Thoughts On QR Codes Organisation System

It’s time to make your own unique QR Codes and start working on your organisation project.

Try not to overwhelm yourself, take it one step at a time. 

Follow the steps I mentioned in this post and you'll be fine.

I am always available on Instagram if you have any questions or ideas to share with me. 

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Hey you, I’m Torera

Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!

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