Self Storage and Packing Tips

Storage Tips

  • Leave a walkway to the rear of the unit.
  • Disassemble bed frames to save space.
  • Place frequently used items close to the door.
  • Fill your boxes, but don’t over fill —partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse.
  • Store couches (except sofa beds) on end to save space.
  • Place fragile items near the top of the unit to prevent breakage.
  • Label your cartons and keep a list of the labeled cartons. (Get labels in our office.)
  • Consider shelving to make maximum use of your space.
  • Adding bay leaves to boxes will discourage many pests and pets.
  • Clean refrigerators and freezers before storing
  • Leave refrigerator and freezer doors slightly ajar.
  • Use refrigerator and freezer space for storage.
  • Wrap mirrors and pictures with paper pads or use mirror boxes. Never store flat.

Packing Tips

  • Use high quality moving and storage boxes.
  • Use furniture drawers to hold delicate items. Wrap them in bubble wrap or newspaper.
  • When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to prevent collapsing when stacked.
  • Be careful not to store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals) or perishable (such as food that is not permanently sealed).
  • When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage.
  • Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
  • Always use high quality locks on your unit. Ask our on-site manager for advice on where to purchase these high quality locks.
  • When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, and utilize dehumidifiers to prevent mildew build up.
  • Store furniture carefully on boards or pallets.
  • Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces.
  • Store small items like pots and pans in large appliances, such as stoves or refrigerators.
  • Break down items (such as table legs) and store large furniture (like tabletops and sofas) on end to save space.
  • Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
  • When storing business files, label all boxes and construct aisles so files are easily seen and accessible.
  • Clean furniture, boxes and the storage unit of all food and perishables.

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