Take the hassle out of storing your things by taking a little care up front.
When you’re packing, keep in mind…
- Keep an inventory of everything you pack. Place one copy of your inventory inside your storage unit and an extra one for reference.
- Group items together that you will want to retrieve at the same time. For example, if you’re storing a winter coat, a pair of boots, and twenty pairs of wool socks, those things should probably all go in the same bin.
- After you’ve got everything sorted into bins (or boxes), use soft things like towels, t-shirts, or bubble wrap to protect any delicate or fragile items you’re storing. Also, try to spread heavier items across several bins to distribute the weight. This ensures that the bins won’t be under too much stress.
- A pictures is worth a thousand words. Rather than keeping a detailed list of items you have packed, try packing your stuff for a nice overhead photo, so you can quickly see what you have in your bin. So, rather than opening the box to determine its contents, take a photo, print it out and attach it to the side or top of the bin.
- Vacuum-Sealed Bags are a great way to efficiently store things like duvets, winter clothes, blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags.
- If you’re worried about fragile items moving around in a bin, build cardboard partitions to keep your stuff safe and minimize damage.
- Make sure to fill up your bin/box – your items will less likely move during transit.
- Intuitively, folding clothes and blankets seems like the way to go, but it’s more efficient to roll these items up.
- Wrap small items in tissue paper before packing so they don’t get lost.
- Pack books flat, not standing on end. Put books, and other heavy items, in smaller boxes for easier lifting.
- Pack plates and record albums on end rather than flat.
- Be sure to remove bulbs before packing lamps.
- Drain gasoline and oil from all small engines.
- Pack mirrors and pictures in mirror cartons.
- Be sure to have blankets, draperies and clothing cleaned before storing them, then pack them right on the hanger in a wardrobe carton.
When you’re loading your unit, keep in mind…
- If possible, store couches (except sofa sleepers) on end to maximize space in your storage unit.
- Remove table legs or disassemble furniture to maximize space in your storage unit.
- Protect mattresses and furniture with special pads and covers. For an added convenience, you can purchase packing and moving supplies from our office.
- Stack cartons so that exterior labels show.
- Leave a center aisle in your storage unit for easy access to your things.
- Load things you may need last so you can get to them easily when you open your storage unit at your next visit.
- Load heavy things on the bottom and lighter things on top.
- Prop open the doors of refrigerators and freezers and clean them thoroughly. Put a handful of fresh coffee grounds, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the unit smelling fresh.
Do Not Store:
- Cleaning fluids
- Environmentally-hazardous materials, such as paint and varnish
- Flammable materials, such as fuel, gasoline, kerosene, and oil
- Live animals and plants
- Nail polish and remover
- Perishable items
- Do NOT store any liquids, not even water, as spillage could ruin other contents or cause mold.