GENERAL STORAGE TIPS
- Pack heavier items in smaller boxes for easier lifting.
- Protect all items with drop cloths or by placing them in boxes or containers.
- Place infrequently used items toward the back of your unit.
- Secure your space with a round, bolt-cutter resistant lock. We sell this type of lock in our office.
- Label boxes and cartons on all sides so that you can easily identify the contents.
- Consider keeping a detailed inventory of the contents of your space or use a camera to photograph the contents.
HOW TO STORE FURNITURE IN A STORAGE UNIT
- Our drive-up units are perfect for storing furniture. We also have dollies and carts available for your use at the facility.
- Cover furniture with drop cloths or canvas tarps to keep the dust off.
- Bags designed to protect mattresses, sofa, and chairs can be purchased in the office.
- Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in moving blankets or bubble wrap. If a table will not come apart, consider storing it upside down with the legs pointing up. Be sure to protect the top of the table first with a moving blanket.
- Place all furniture hardware in plastic bags. Label the hardware and attach it to the corresponding item being stored.
- Mirrors and framed artwork can be stored in flat boxes. Keep these items upright and mark them as fragile.
- Wrap lamp bases in bubble wrap and store them in a box designed for lamps or a double-walled dish pack box. Wrap lamp shades in a cotton cover or loose plastic wrap and pack them into a box.
- Use dresser drawers for small fragile items and dresser tops for stacking lightweight boxes.
HOW TO STORE APPLIANCES
- Remove water from hoses and the internal components of washers, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators to prevent freezing and mildew.
- For refrigerators, clean the interior and wipe it dry. Clean the defrost pan and drain water from the holding tank and plastic tubing.
- Spray appliances for bugs and allow the appliances to dry before storing them.
- Store refrigerators and dishwashers with doors ajar to prevent mildew.
- When moving a household, load appliances onto the truck last so they can be unloaded first. Putting them at the back of the storage unit will permit you easier access to more frequently-used items.
- Cover appliances with cotton sheets, blankets, or canvas tarps to protect them from dust while allowing air circulation.
HOW TO STORE CHINA AND OTHER BREAKABLES
- Carefully wrap individual pieces of china or glassware in unprinted packing paper. Better yet, bubble-wrap and store fragile items in a double-walled dish pack box.
- Fill all unused space in boxes with unprinted packing paper to prevent items from shifting.
- Place layers of packing paper or bubble wrap in the bottom of the box to serve as a cushion for fragile items.
- Clearly label the box as “FRAGILE” and do not place a heavier box on top.
HOW TO STORE BOOKS, MAGAZINES, AND MEDIA
- Place a piece of paper inside the front cover and wrap the paper around the back cover to prevent sticking. Never use newspaper as the print can transfer.
- Books should always be stored flat after alternating spines right to left.
- Fill boxes completely using unprinted, packing paper to fill in vacant spaces.
- For best results, books and magazines should be placed in relatively small cardboard boxes. Books become heavy quickly and storing them in small boxes means that you will be able to lift them more easily.
- Place a piece of strong cardboard between magazines to prevent warping. Seal magazines in archival plastic bags .
- Consider using special software to organize your books, magazines or media collection. We enjoy the affordable software found at www.collectorz.com.
- Always pack media in airtight heavy-duty bags or containers.
HOW TO STORE CLOTHING
- Clothing can be hung up and stored in a wardrobe box that includes a two-foot metal bar.
- Use the bottom of the wardrobe box for storing shoes and handbags.
- Folded clothing can be stored in boxes or dresser drawers.
HOW TO STORE PHOTOS
- Always put paper between photographs to prevent them from sticking together. Archival-quality paper is recommended.
- When storing photo albums, alternate placing the spine to the left or right in the boxes.
- Seal photos in airtight plastic bags to prevent exposure to moisture and dust.
HOW TO STORE MEDICAL, LEGAL AND FINANCIAL DATA
- Make multiple backups of all stored documents and keep them in a separate location.
- Cover boxes with a tarp or plastic wrap.
- Packed boxes should weigh no more than 30-50 lbs for safe lifting.
- Label boxes clearly and carefully.
- Stack boxes with the oldest information at the bottom in the back.
HOW TO STORE ATVS, JET SKIS OR MOTORCYCLES
- Always remove as much gasoline as possible from the fuel tank before storing any vehicles. This prevents leaks and fire hazards.
- Put down a cardboard mat to protect the floor from oil leaks.
HOW TO TRANSPORT YOUR POSSESSIONS TO OUR FACILITY
- If you need the services of a mover, we will be glad to make a recommendation for you.
- For transport, use strong tape to keep appliances closed. Remove the tape when storing appliances and leave appliance doors ajar to prevent mildew growth.
- We will be glad to provide you with moving dollies at no charge.
- SOME ITEMS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE STORED INCLUDE PERISHABLE OR FLAMMABLE ITEMS.