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Self Storage Packing Hints

  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow for walkways.

  • Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.

  • Place your storage items on 2x4 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.)

  • Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. 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.

  • Stack lighter 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 and marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.

  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, kick-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.

  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

  • Tables having removable legs should be broken down to save space.

  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • Use a good quality lock on your door.

  • To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items should be stored. (If absolutely necessary, food staples should be sealed in plastic zip locks within another plastic bag.)

  • Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

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