Getting the most out of storage begins with a little planning. Below are some basic tips to get you started.
We recommend getting a unit that isn’t too small and trying to make everything fit inside. There’s a high possibility of damaging your belongings and it will make accessing items more difficult. Making sure you have enough room to leave an aisle will allow you to get to anything that’s been accidentally stored in the back. If you aren’t sure please use our size guide, space estimator, or call and speak with one of our friendly managers.
Before packing you should start by gathering all the materials you think you’ll need. You will probably need lots of good, sturdy boxes. We don’t recommend you use old or re-used boxes if you are planning to move a long distance or will be storing your items for an extended period of time. Use large boxes for lighter items and small boxes for heavier items. You don’t want to pack the boxes too heavy or too full. You will also need tape, a marker, labels, bubble wrap, wrapping or packing paper, moving blankets, plastic covers for mattresses and box springs, plastic covers for chairs and sofas, plastic cling wrap for dressers and desks, and corner protectors for pictures and mirrors to name a few items. We provide a large array of packing materials and new sturdy boxes for your convenience. We also offer moving kits to make gathering supplies much easier.
Labels and Inventory
Inevitably you will forget what you’ve boxed away and stored. Making sure your boxes are clearly marked with its contents is the best way to make sure an item you need or could be easily broken isn’t packed at the back of your unit, under a large stack of boxes. It’s best to label all four sides of your box and make an inventory list to be kept at home or in a safety deposit box. It does take a little extra time, but you’ll be glad you did when it’s time to find something or when deciding where a box should be located inside the storage.
Packing and Storing
Utilize space inside drawers and appliances. Wrap all breakables such as dishes, glasses, and knick knacks in bubble wrap, foam sheets, or wrapping paper. Place them tightly into the box and fill any gaps with wrapping paper. Place corner protectors on mirrors or pictures and wrap them in bubble wrap or plastic wrap. Place mattresses, box springs, chairs, and sofas inside a plastic bag or tote. Cover furniture such as tables and dressers with moving blankets to avoid scratching and chipping. Wrap legs with bubble wrap or foam sheets or remove legs if possible. Drain washing machines and tie down hoses and cords. Defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly to avoid water damage. Wipe the insides down with a baking soda mixture and let dry completely to avoid mildew. Be sure to strap refrigerator and freezer doors closed when moving, but leave them slightly ajar when placed in storage. Drain any fluids from lawnmowers and other equipment. Do not store any perishables or anything combustible such as paint thinner or gasoline.
It’s always best to place electronics, other valuables, and items that will not need to be accessed in the very back of the unit. Place items you’ll need first or more frequently at the front. Dryers can usually be stacked on top of washers. Our units are all 8 feet tall so you are able to store couches vertically to save space, but if you have room you can store them horizontally with a love seat placed upside down on top of the couch. Stack boxes so heaviest boxes are on the bottom and items that are light and/or breakable are on top. If possible, leave a walkway to make accessing items easier. Place light boxes on book shelves. Put boxes under desks and under tables with legs that can’t be removed. Do not place heavy boxes on couch cushions or on top of any upholstered items. Over time these boxes will break down the cushions.
Don’t worry about temperature, dust, insects, or other pests. We’ve taken care of these issues for you. We attempt to maintain an ambient temperature of 68 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit. This guarantees there’s no build-up of humidity and allows you to store your antiques, electronics, photos, paintings, and pianos with no worries. We also double filter all the air coming into the facility to make sure there’s no dust on your items even after long term storage. Finally, we spray all common areas and everything on the first floor for pests each month and then spray the entire facility 4 times a year.