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STORAGE TIPS

  • Smallest Space

    Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.

  • Gather Materials

    Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • Uniform Sizes

    If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.

  • Inventory

    Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.

  • Prepare

    Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

  • Keep Dry

    Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

  • Access

    Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.

  • CAUTION

    Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.).

  • Easier Access

    Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.

  • Stack

    Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top.

  • Strong Boxes

    Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)

  • List Contents

    List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

  • Wrap It Up

    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

  • Fragile

    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

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    QUESTIONS?

    View our FAQs page for answers to all our frequently asked questions.

  • Extra Space

    Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.

  • Appliances

    Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

  • Electronics

    Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

  • Stored Together

    Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

  • Removable Legs

    Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.

  • Sofas and Loveseats

    Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

  • Sharp or Heavy Objects

    Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • Stuffed Furniture

    Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

  • Mattresses

    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.

  • What Not To Store

    To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items should be stored. (If absolutely necessary, food staples should be sealed in plastic zip locks within another plastic bag.)

  • Locks

    Use a good quality lock on your door.