Plan Your Storage Space

  • Begin by planning your storage space efficiently. Conduct a practice run utilizing masking tape and an open area like a garage. Tape an outline of unit dimensions and arrange your items accordingly.
  • When stacking furniture, place a paper pad or fabric between items to prevent scratches or damage to their finish.
  • Stack dressers and tables top to top, and store couches on end when possible.
  • For light chairs, stack them seat to seat.
  • Ensure appliances are thoroughly cleaned, dried, and disinfected, leaving doors slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
  • Store rugs and carpets vertically to save space.
  • Load frequently used items last for easy retrieval.
  • Use wardrobe boxes to store hanging clothes, fabrics, and draperies. This will ensure they maintain their shape.
  • Maintain a clear pathway or aisle to access items at the back of the unit.
  • Store paintings and mirrors on end rather than flat-packing them.
  • Keep books flat to protect their spines.
  • When storing fragile items, wrap them and secure them with tape to prevent damage.
  • Label your boxes, preferably on all sides. Doing so will make it easier to identify the boxes contents. Consider drawing a map to locate items quickly.
  • Rubbermaid containers with tight-fitting lids are ideal for storing items. They are sturdy, stackable, and great for breakables and collectables.
  • Disassemble large furniture and electronics to maximize space. Store hardware in labeled bags for easy reassembly.
  • Wipe metal surfaces with machine oil to prevent rust and deterioration, especially for tools and bicycles.

Utilize Shelves, Pallets, and 2x4s:

  • Use shelves, pallets, and 2x4s to combat humidity, moisture condensation, and airflow. Storing items off the ground prevents seepage and moisture accumulation.
  • Shelves can be are excellent for storing fragile items. We recommend placing shelves towards the back of the unit.
  • Cut 2x4s to one foot to keep mattresses and box springs off the ground. Wrap with fabric or a light blanket to them to keep them clean.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings:

  • Keep valuables towards the back of the unit to protect them from prying eyes. 
  • Report any suspicious activity or problems to the manager.

Purchase the Insurance:

  • Invest in insurance to protect your belongings while in storage. Do not rely solely on homeowners or renters insurance.

Things NOT to do:

  • Avoid covering belongings in plastic, as it retains moisture.
  • Do not store food items to prevent attracting pests.
  • Do not share passwords or gate access information with unauthorized individuals.
  • Do not store toxins or flammables such as paint, oil, or gasoline.
  • Avoid using printed newspaper for wrapping, as ink may smudge belongings.
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