Storage Tips Can Ease Your Self Storage Exerience
- Utilize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit. If possible, leave an aisle in the center of your unit so you have a walk way to the back of the unit.
- Use pallets, 2 X 4’s, plywood, anything that will keep your items off the floor of the unit.
- Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
- Label the boxes on all sides and keep a list for easy reference. When packing boxes, fill them without making them too heavy to lift. Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top. Keep boxes off the floor.
- Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
- To protect your items, cover them with moving pads, sheets or light blankets.
- Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. This will save space. Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.
- When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos and things that have numerous cords; place small colored stickers on the cord and the same color sticker where the cord goes. This will save time trying to figure out what goes where when it comes to reassembly.
- Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
- If possible, store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat. Use the inside drawers of dressers or cabinets to store smaller items. When stacking furniture, use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
- Store mattresses and box springs on long edges. Wrap for protection and elevate off the floor. Use two to three 2 X 4’s or other wood scraps.
- Store mirrors and paintings on end. Pack books flat to protect their spines.
- Rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles and equipment to prevent rusting. Drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
- When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.
- Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shape.
- Consider your insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring. Most often your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your valuables. Be sure to check with your insurance company.
- Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily.
- Keep out of season clothes accessible, you may need access to them sooner than anticipated.
- Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit. If you see a potential problem or anything suspicious, alert the manager.
- Be sure to check your unit at least once a month.
- Do not store any food items. This will prevent any unwanted guests.
- Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry – especially when you are packing books.
- Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to any one that is not listed as having access.
- Do not use printed newspapers for wrapping – the ink may smudge and get on your items.
- Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
- Do not store any toxins or flammables such as paint, oil, or gasoline
- Do not store any illegal substances