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Storage Tips

Packing and Storage Tips

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Following these simple tips for packing and storing your items will help ensure that you storage experience is efficient and productive. If you have any additional questions our storage associates are trained and available to answer any additional questions that you may have.

Packing your goods:

  • Don't over pack boxes, as they could rupture and fall when stacked. Don't under pack them either, as partially filled boxes could collapse when other boxes are stacked on top of them. Fill boxes just to capacity.
  • For easy lifting, pack heavy items like books and dishes in small boxes, no more than about 30 pounds per box
  • To protect the spines of the books, pack them flat, not standing on end.
  • Protect your fragile goods by using foam or bubble wrap, and place crumpled packing paper between the items for cushioning.
  • Wrap glass items individually, nest cups and bowls, and stack plates/saucers/platters on edge instead of laying them flat. Fill pockets of space with crumpled paper.
  • Clean all blankets, draperies and clothing before hanging them in a wardrobe box for storage.
  • Make the most of your space. If you are storing dresser drawers or cedar chests, they can double as storage space for things like bedding, towels and clothes. So can appliances like freezers, washers and dryers.
  • Dresser drawers can also be a great place to pack small delicate items.
  • Clean and dry appliances before storage. Keep refrigerator or freezer doors slightly open.
  • Disassemble and wrap the legs of tables, beds, and other furniture to save storage space.
  • Store large paintings or framed pictures in especially designed boxes. You can wrap smaller pictures in bubble wrap, and store them in clothing or linen boxes.
  • Old photographs tend to curls over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape together.

Proper storage

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  • Label your boxes and keep a master list of what's in which box. It will save you time when you're searching for particular items.
  • Store heavier items at the bottom of your space, lighter items near the top.
  • Place items you may need the most frequently near the front of the unit.
  • Use the tops of file cabinets or dressers to stack boxes.
  • Allow enough air space around the perimeter for ventilation, and leave a walkway to the back of the storage for easy access.

What to watch

  • Wipe all metal items (e.g. bicycl es, tools, machinery) with machine oil to prevent rust.
  • Use plastic lining in boxes of books and documents to prevent moisture absorption, and fill empty spaces with paper.
  • Wrap all furniture with pads to protect them from scratches.
  • Leave slipcovers in chairs, and then cover them with plastic. Wrap chair legs with paper to protect them.
  • Don't use newsprint to wrap anything that could be damaged by ink stains
  • We also offer customized tenant insurance packages for your peace of mind.
  • Flammable substances such as cleaning fluid, gasoline, paint, etc. You can safely store lawn mowers and other items with small engines, but drain the gasoline and oil first.
  • Explosives
  • Wrap all furniture with pads to protect them from scratches.
  • Toxic materials.
  • Perishables, food in open containers, or any items that may attract pests.
  • Live animals.