Self Storage Tips
Packing a Storage Unit
in such a way that you leave yourself access to items you
might need from time to time. Accessing boxes can be made
even easier by labeling them.
items you may need to access at front of unit.
boxes can collapse and lead to damage. Use similar size boxes
so they pack easy and make better use of space. Try to fill
boxes to maintain sturdiness and stack lighter boxes on top.
Pack heavy things in small boxes and lighter things in larger
bins make excellent moisture-resistant storage containers.
They will also resist buckling better than standard boxes.
important should be wrapped or boxed in storage to protect
from dust and dirt.
pack material or upholstered items in sealed bags or bins,
especially during spring and summer. Humidity present during
these seasons can cause condensation leading to must and mildew.
If you do wrap beds and sofas, they should be stored on end
if possible with the top end left unsealed. Upholstered items
and beds should be kept off the ground.
- Old bed
sheets, towels and comforters make excellent padding to protect
furniture. Do not use flannel blankets or sheets.
- To save
space and possibly money, disassemble any large furniture
such as beds, tables. It is a good idea to keep all screws,
bolts, and the like, in one accessible container or bag.
all furniture and disassemble, if possible.
table legs with packing paper as scratch protection.
assembled tables top down on floor with legs pointing towards
chairs seat-to-seat with cloth or paper separating them.
stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls.
and Valuable Papers
- Use file
boxes. They are the best containers for your important documents.
books flat and fill any empty space to minimize movement.
overfilling cartons. Books are heavy.
excessive wrinkling to your clothes by employing wardrobe
- In outdoor
units, refrain from placing boxes of clothes directly on the
floor. They can make attractive homes for rodents. It can
be wise to place mouse traps when clothing or upholstered
furniture are being stored in shed-style storage.
plates, saucers, and bowls individually before placing it
in a china carton.
- Use a
china carton divider kit for increased security.
paper into bottom, top and empty spaces in the carton.
Appliances and Equipment
storing appliances, be sure they are defrosted and empty of
water as moisture and humidity will damage your valuables.
Refrigerator and freezer doors should be propped slightly
open to prevent odor build-up. An opened box of baking soda
can be placed inside for added odor prevention.
storage space inside appliance's can be used for small items.