Storage Tips

Getting organized for your move can seem like a huge undertaking; we have prepared a list of helpful packing tips to assist you in making the most of your self-storage experience which will save you time and money.

 

  • Disassemble furniture and wrap pieces/legs and keep them together. Place all small parts into clearly marked zip lock or plastic bags and tape them to the furniture wrap to avoid losing them

 

  • Use bubble wrap, plastic wrap, moving blankets, bedding, towels or furniture covers to protect from scratches, dents or dings

 

  •  Utilize the space in drawers and/or appliances by stowing away linens and other light weight objects to maximize space 

 

  • Use pallets to keep items up off the floor to prevent moisture

 

  • Fragile or breakable items should be packed tightly wrapped in plastic or bubble wrap. Use heavily reinforced boxes to absorb shock during move and fill gaps with peanuts or paper filler.  Make sure to label boxes as fragile

 

  • Use furniture covers for upholstered items such as mattresses, living room furniture and chairs; it is highly recommended not to use plastic as it will allow moisture to build up between the upholstery and the plastic sheeting and unwanted pests in non climate controlled units

 

  • Defrost all appliances such as refrigerators and freezers to alleviate any moisture that would create an environment for mildew and leave open slightly for ventilation 

 

  • Washing machines should be sanitized and fully drained including hoses.  Wrap hoses tightly and place inside the machine

 

  • A little oil rubbed onto metal appliances will aid in preventing rust before storing items

 

  • Electronics such as computer equipment, televisions, stereo equipment and speakers are best to be stored in their original boxes when possible or boxes that are as close to the size of the device to minimize damage.  Fill in any gaps with packing materials

 

  • Photographs require careful packing to ensure you do not lose the integrity of the photo due to heat and moisture.  Climate controlled units are the best environment for photos, and documentation and electronics

 

  • Use vacuum sealed bags for all your clothing, bedding, pillows, and window treatments to minimize space and protect from unwanted pests and moisture
  • Flammable items should never be stored including but not limited to paint, fuel, and/or hazardous or caustic chemicals

 

  • When storing lawn equipment make sure that all fuel and oil have been fully drained and caps replaced

 

  • When labeling boxes, use colored labels or tape to quickly identify what the contents on based on the room you assign to the color of the label

 

  • Create and aisle in the center of the unit so that you can easily access their contents 

 

  • Items that you will access frequently should be placed in the front on the top of the unit

 

  • Make sure that all boxes and plastic totes are filled to capacity to minimize caving in or collapse

 

  • Purchase high quality moving boxes and packing materials.  The sturdier the box the longer it will last while storing

 

  • To ward off pests you can add bay leaves to boxes to discourage insects and other pests from invading your goods

 

  • Use stackable plastic totes on the bottom row to prevent moisture and to provide a strong foundation for items stored on top

 

  • Wardrobe boxes are great for storing hanging clothes

 

  • Sofas/couches can be stored flat with accompanying furniture laid on top upside down to maximize space 

 

  • Stacking chairs and shelving also allows for maximum space saving

 

  • When stacking boxes; stack similar sized boxes on top of each other with the heaviest box on the bottom 

 

  • Living creatures or living organisms 

 

  • Dead animals or carcasses

 

  • Oil, gasoline, grease, or chemicals 

 

  • Explosives, ammunition or fireworks 

 

  • Anything caustic or corrosive 

 

  • Toxic waste and/or hazardous materials 

 

  • Asbestos or any products containing asbestos 

 

  • Lawn clippings, mulch, brush etc. 

 

  • Construction project debris 

 

  • Tires, motor oil, batteries 

 

  • Narcotics or controlled substances

 

  • Any weapons that are prohibited by state law

 

  • Stolen goods or property

 

  • Any additional items which are prohibited for self storage under state, local and/or federal law