Here are a few extremely helpful storage tips to help you get the most out of your self storage rental unit!
Follow these storage tips and you will need less space and have easy access to your stored items. Avoid the confusing clutter by storing your items the right way — the first time!
Plan your storage space! Place items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow for walkways.
Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
CAUTION: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.). Our rules and regulations prohibit the storage of these items.
Use uniform site boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 to 30 lbs. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
List contents of boxes on “3 X 5” cards (instead of on each box). Number the boxes to match card numbers. Keep cards in a safe convenient place for use when unpacking.
Use pallets, 2 x 4’s, or anything that will keep your items off the floor of the unit.
Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
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.
Be sure to check your unit once a month. It’s one of those storage tips you can easily forget since you have already moved everything in, but it’s important to keep an eye on your things.
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 you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to reassemble your electronics. If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.
To prevent rusting rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment. Drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to scrap 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 shapes.
Plastic totes are great to store your items in. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily. Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.
Keep out of season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.
Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
Dishes and glasses should be scrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack these boxes on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or mirror boxes, marked “Fragile”, and stacked on end.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knickknacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in table clothes, towels, or blankets or packing papers to prevent breakage.
Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, table clothes, and clothes.
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
Tables having removable legs should be “broken down” to save space.
Sofas and love-seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover over and under furniture. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
Cover stuffed furniture with plastic to protect against dust.
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). It is best to store mattresses flat on top of a level stack of boxes or furniture. Cover mattresses in plastic.
Do not store perishable items (flour, potatoes, candy…) or other food products.
Wrap stringed instruments in one or two blankets to insulate and protect, also loosen the strings.
Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Always use a good quality lock on your door.
Make sure surfaces of antiques and other wood furniture are treated before storing.