Storage Tips

Helpful Tips - Making the Most of Your Storage Unit

- Make a list of what you intend to store. This will help you get all the things you will need, such as boxes and packing materials. It will also serve as a reminder of what you have stored.
- Plan your storage space. Store frequently used items and seasonal clothing in the front of the unit. Allow room for walkways.
- Use pallets, 2 x 4s, or plywood to keep your items off the floor.
- Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.10'x15' (150 square feet) = Large Bedroom
- Use uniform sized boxes for easy stacking. Stack lighter boxes atop heavier boxes.
- Keep it safe - don't pack too heavy or stack too high.
- Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference.
- Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them.
- Leave appliance doors off or open to promote airflow and prevent mildew.
- Use valuable space inside large appliances to store small items, linens or clothing. Store sofas on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions; store on top. Stack chairs seat-to-seat.
- Store mattresses on their sides - prop them up to keep them straight.
- Use the inside of drawers to store bubble-wrapped china, pictures or smaller items.
- Use paper pads in between stacked furniture items to avoid scratching.
- Protect your items by covering them with moving pads, sheets or light blankets. Wrap mirrors, paintings and framed pictures in cardboard. Store on end, not flat.
- Store clothing and draperies on hangers in wardrobe boxes to retain their original shapes.
- Purchase stored property insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring.
- Use a good quality lock on your door. Check your unit regularly, at least once a month.

Avoid Making These Common Mistakes

- Don't use plastic to cover your belongings - it retains moisture.
- Don't pack your boxes too heavy to lift or carry. Limit books to 30 pounds/box.
- Don't use printed newspaper for packing; the ink may smudge and get on your items.
- Don't forget to clean appliances before you store them.
- Prevent any unwanted guests - don't store any food items.
- Don't place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- Never store toxins or flammables such as paint, solvents, oil, or gasoline, etc. Clean garden equipment before storing and ensure that lawnmower fuel tanks are empty.

Please note: To protect you and your possessions, you cannot store corrosive or flammable liquids, explosives of any kind, bottled gas, kerosene or other hazardous or illegal substances. If you need any help or advice on storing specialized items, one of our Storage Team members will be happy to assist you.