Whether you are preparing for long or short-term storage, these helpful tips will give you the advice you need to protect your belongings and get the most out of your storage space. Prepare with these storage tips.
Self-storage is a convenient, safe, and inexpensive way to store your belongings. Ask a storage consultant to help you choose a space that fits your needs, because rental of storage space is determined by the total size of the items being stored. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use a larger space, well-organized racks and file boxes may be more convenient.
The goods you place in self-storage spaces are the sole responsibility of you, their owner. Goods are not insured by the storage facility. Your storage consultant may be able to give you the names of insurers who provide low-cost insurance coverage for your goods.
Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space. Never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before placing them in storage.
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books, and do not overload.
Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. Some facilities will sell wardrobe-style cardboard cartons, which help protect your clothes. Avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
Place a layer of packing at the bottom and top of boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Nest cups and bowls. Stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.
Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons, and use dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Finally, place a light cotton (i.e. bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture.
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton with packing paper.
These items should be stored on edge, not flat.
Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels, and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled, and tied in bundles.
The space should be clean and with a door in good working condition.
Keep a list of labeled boxes at your office for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
5’ x 10’ — a couch and a chair, chest of drawers or dresser, mattress set, plus small items and boxes. Outdoor furniture, lawn mowers, garden tools, etc. Bicycles or motorcycles.
10’ x 10’ — furniture from a one-bedroom apartment without appliances, also small items and boxes
10’ x 20’ — furniture from a 2-bedroom house with appliances, miscellaneous items, and cartons. Also, it may be used to store a car or truck and other small items.