Here are a variety of storage suggestions that we think you’ll find helpful.
Properly stored items will hold up much better in storage than items not stored properly.
Preparing Items for Storage
- Place all smaller items in uniformly sized boxes. Completely fill each box with heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top. Uniformly sized boxes stack easier and conserve storage space.
- Books. Pack books flat, not standing on end. This will protect the spines which will bend and warp over time if stood upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small boxes and don’t put them in boxes with other, more fragile, items.
- Mattresses. Place mattresses in plastic covers to protect them from dust and moisture.
- Leather Items. Treat leather items (couches, clothes, etc.) with a leather conditioner prior to storing them. Keep furniture items off the floor by placing them on pallets.
- Blankets, Draperies and Clothing. Have blankets, draperies and clothing cleaned, then pack them on hangers in wardrobe boxes.
- Mirrors and Pictures. Store mirrors and pictures inside similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection from scratches and dust.
- Furniture and Tables. Place blankets over furniture to protect from scratches and dust.
- Photos. Photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place between pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Photos and negatives take up very little space. Try to keep these items with you or choose a climate controlled unit.
- Breakable Items. Wrap breakable items inside bubble wrap and store with linens.
- Dishes and Glassware. Store these items in specially made boxes called dishpacks.
- Pillows and Toys. Store smaller items like this in large plastic garbage bags.
- Label boxed items. You’ll know what is in each box without opening it.
- Appliances. Clean and dry all appliances prior to storage. Do not leave anything inside of appliances to be stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow ventilation.
- Do not store these items: Furs, jewelry and other expensive items, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires, firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste materials of any kind or items that produce odors.
Organizing your Storage Unit
- Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation.
- Store items that will not be needed to the rear of the storage unit and items you will need access to toward the front of the unit.
- Store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
- Store smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the storage unit and large items toward the front of the unit.
- Pack your storage unit as tightly as possible. Tighter packing helps to protect stored items from dust and reduces the space needed to store your property.
- Use our high quality padlocks, provided by our office, to secure your storage unit.