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Storage Tips

  • Plan

    Rent the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full.

  • Gather the Materials You'll Need

    Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • Use Uniform Boxes

    If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.

  • Take Inventory of Your Items

    Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.

  • Protect Your Belongings

    Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

  • Use Pallets

    Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

  • Plan Your Space

    Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.

  • Be Careful

    CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)

  • Leave Space

    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.

  • Stack Lighter Boxes on Top

    Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

  • Use Strong Boxes

    Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)

  • Label & Seal Your Boxes

    List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

  • Dishes & Glasses

    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

  • Protect Fragile Items

    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

  • Utilize Extra Space

    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.

  • Appliances

    Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

  • Electronics

    Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

  • Stored Together

    Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

  • Removable Legs

    Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.

  • Stuffed Furniture

    Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.

  • Sharp or Heavy Objects

    Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • Cover Furniture

    Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

  • Mattresses

    If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

  • Protect Metal from Rust

    Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.


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