For more suggestions and storage supplies, come by our facility. We have a wide variety of storage-supply materials.
Plan your storage space. Place items in front that will be accessed frequently. Allow for walkways.
Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes. They are much easier to stack that way.
There are prohibited storage goods that every storage facility will NOT allow. Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. See your contract.
Label ALL boxes for easy identification.
Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow for ventilation.
Pack your boxes and other items as close together as possible to avoid moisture accumulating between them.
Use a HIGH QUALITY lock, preferably a “disk lock,” for your unit. They are much harder to break or cut.
Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe-deposit box.
List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, and seal with masking tape or glued-paper tape.
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in dish-pack boxes. We have a supply of these dish-pack boxes on hand. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Nest cups and bowls. Stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Fill all pockets with packing material. Label al
boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing these items. Stack these boxes on top
11. Place your storage items on two-by-fours or pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
12. Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. We have wardrobe-style cardboard cartons to help protect your clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage to avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
13. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end. Furniture with drawers can by utilized as storage places for knickknacks, china, silverware, and small items. Wrap in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
14. A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its doors slightly ajar. Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
15. Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected. To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
16. Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing material to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
17. Tables with removable legs should be “broken down” to save space.
18. Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective waterproof cover under the end on the floor. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.