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Storage Tips

Fragile Items

  • Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
  • List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
  • 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 and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
  • Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  • Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.

Packing Your Unit

  • Rent the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full.
  • Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
  • If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
  • Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.
  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  • Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
  • CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.).
  • Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
  • Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

Packing Furniture

  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
  • Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.