- Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
- When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
- If possible, leave a few inches of space between the walls and your boxes. This will help with circulation and prevent moisture absorption and growth of mold onto your boxes.
- Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption and aid in air circulation.
- If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
- Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together. We don’t encourage storing photos in a non-climate controlled unit.
- Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
- Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, food or other items that need a controlled environment.
- Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
- Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
- Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
- When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
- Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale - just ask your site manager for a recommendation.
1. Make packing for storage easier on yourself by planning ahead.
Start by making a list of all the items you're going to store. If you are planning on purchasing additional storage or your home insurance covers your property in your storage unit, you will need a list of the items you are storing. If you are storing any documents, make a copy of them on CD, DVD or Flash Drive and store it separately, away from the Self Storage property, as a back-up. Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and markers along with any furniture covers or shelving you intend to use in your storage unit.
2. Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes.
Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither over pack or under pack. Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse. Use bubble wrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. Don’t use any newsprint as the print may transfer. For maximum protection, seal cartons with tape.
3. Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes.
For easier handling, limit the weight of all boxes, regardless of size, to 30lbs. or less. Lay your books flat to protect the spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
4. Label all boxes.
Clearly label each box. If you have already organized a list of things going into each room, then you can simply label each box to the appropriate room. This will also make things easier when you move so you don’t have to open up each box to figure out its contents. Organizing your list will also make things easier if, for any reason, you need to find items while they are still stored in the storage unit. Clearly mark all boxes containing FRAGILE items. This will help when you are stacking boxes in your storage unit.
5. Clean and dry appliances before storing.
Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.
6. Tape or tie bed rails together.
Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.
7. Use bureau drawers to store small, fragile items.
Secure items in drawers by filling empty spaces with towels or packing paper.
8. Protect chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper.
Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
9. Use lots of paper or bubble wrap to pack dishes and glassware.
Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.
10. Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes.
Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.
11. Pad mirrors and paintings with paper.
Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes.