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STORAGE TIPS

  • 1. Space Management

    Get a slightly larger unit than you may need in order to leave yourself room to sort or to retrieve items you may need to access. Also, over-stacking and crowding does not allow for air circulation.

  • 2. Gather Materials

    Start by gathering as many plastic bins as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • 3. Strong Plastic Bins

    We recommend using clear plastic storage bins that cover and seal, we do not recommend storing in cardboard boxes. Using storage bins allows for uniform size, and if you get clear bins, it is easy to see inside without opening.

  • 4. Uniform Sizes

    If possible, try to use uniformly sized storage bins for easy stacking and more efficient use of the space.

  • 5. Inventory & Prepare

    Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place. Prepare your space by placing a protective cover or pallets on the floor under your goods. We never recommend storing items directly on the floor. We also recommend covering your items to protect from dust.

  • 6. Keep Dry

    Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp. We do not recommend storing items directly on the floor.

  • 7. CAUTION

    Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint). And never store food of any kind, even if canned, NO FOOD ITEMS WHATSOEVER are allowed in our facility.

  • 8. Easier Access

    Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit. 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.

  • 9. Stack

    Stack heavier storage bins on the bottom and lighter ones on top.

  • 10. Fragile Items

    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy bins. Stack them on top. Fragile pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or towels and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

  • 11. Extra Space

    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.

  • 12. Appliances & Electronics

    Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Store TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit. Protect electronics and appliances from dampness and potential damage by wrapping them fully and carefully.

  • 13. Tables, Sofas & Loveseats

    Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space. Sofas and loveseats 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.

  • 14. Stuffed Furniture & Mattresses

    Cover stuffed furniture with drop cloths, sheets or blankets to protect against dust. Mattresses should be wrapped in plastic to protect them. And if you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape.

  • 15. Sentimental, Irreplaceable Items

    We do not recommend that you store irreplaceable family heirlooms, one of a kind items, or items of extreme sentimental value. Those types of items should be stored in a bank safe deposit box.

  • 16. Insurance

    While we do our best to protect your property, we cannot insure your property, nor protect it against any perils of any kind. Life happens and that's why we offer and highly encourage insurance. Check with your homeowner's or renter's policy to see if off site storage is covered (some do not or only a small fraction of the actual value). Protect your items by securing one of our low cost, no deductible insurance policies. All items stored at our facility are stored at your own risk.