Tips for Storing Your Items
Our storage facility manager put together tips and tricks for better storing. Contact us if you have any questions regarding storing your items in our storage facility.
Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
Uniform Box Sizes
If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.
Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
Do not store anything combustible (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).
Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
Consider keeping your items off the floor for air circulation. Contact our office for location of skids available for our clients’ use.
Use Strong Boxes
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Wrap It Up
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and with packing kits.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Wipe any items made of metal – bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. – with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Electronics and Valuables
Put TVs, other electronics, and valuables in the rear of your unit.
Store Items Together
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Tables or furniture that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Sofas and Loveseats
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas. Protect the sofa or loveseats with a sofa cover.
Sharp or Heavy Objects
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Cover stuffed furniture with blankets or dust covers to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight in mattress bags. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.