PLAN YOUR STORAGE SPACE:
- Make sure that you have plenty of sturdy boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape & furniture covers.
- Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
- Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
- Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
- Store items you’ll need first at the front of the unit. Items such as vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies & towels should be stored in the front of the unit. When you get ready to move into your new place, you’ll want these items so you can use them before you move furniture and boxes in.
- Make a center aisle in your unit. Try to arrange the items in your unit where you can leave a small walkway in the middle so that you have access to the rear of the unit without unpacking the entire unit.
ORGANIZE YOUR STORAGE SPACE:
- Label all boxes clearly for easy identification. Make sure boxes containing fragile items are marked.
- Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
- Allow for walkways.
- List contents of boxes on top of heavier boxes.
- Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
- Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
- Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc.
- Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
- Secure items in drawers by using wadded up newspaper, towels or bubble wrap to fill empty spaces.
- Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans.
- Tables having removable legs should be “broken down” to save space.
- Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space.
- Cushions should be wrapped in blankets and placed on top.
- To save space, stand mattresses on their side and prop them against the wall. Avoid allowing them to bend out of shape.
- Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easy assembly later.
PROTECT YOUR STORAGE SPACE:
- Make sure that boxes are tightly sealed with packing tape to prevent dust from entering the boxes.
- Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep in in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
- Place your storage items on 2″ x 4″ boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
- CAUTION: Do not store anything combustible (i.e. paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc…).
- Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 24-30 lbs. It is best not to put too much in each box.
- Wrap fragile items in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
- ·Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cover upholstered furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
- Wrap mattresses in blankets instead of plastic.
- Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- Keep assigned gate code confidential.
- Wrap furniture legs to prevent scratching. Keep slip-covers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
- Place covers or blankets on mattresses to keep them clean during storage. Avoid using plastic.
- Metal items tend to rust. Wipe them with a cloth containing a few drops of machine oil before placing in storage.
- Use trash cans to store stand-alone items. Items such as shovels, rakes, fishing poles & curtain rods can be stored upright to save space and prevent damage.
- We provide the most secure lock available on the market.
Use common sense. State laws and site regulations determine what can be stored in your unit. Do not store firearms, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials or other items that need a controlled environment.