Expert Storage Tips From Experienced Professionals
Wondering what are the best ways to store your items? If this is your first time renting a storage facility, we are willing to help you make the best of it. Read the useful tips given below and store your items effectively!
Tips For Packing And Organizing Your Belongings Properly
- When you disassemble electronics such as computers and stereos (items that have numerous cables), place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes. If possible, use the original package for electronic items.
- Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. You can stack the extra cans inside one another.
- Make sure the surfaces of antiques and other wood furniture are treated before storing. Don’t forget to put wax on wooden furniture before storing it. Use sheets or cotton cloth to cover all the furniture items.
- Do not use printed newspaper to pack your items. The ink may smudge and damage the look of your items.
- Never store anything in sealed plastic bags, especially in non AC storage units. The humidity will cause damage to your goods.
- Leave a small space between your belongings and the storage unit’s walls.
- Do not stack heavy or folded objects in places where they could shift or collapse when you move the items or need access.
- Label boxes by numbers. Have the master list separate from your storage space, and never write on the box what its contents are. Label each box as you seal it.
- Mark ‘fragile’ on all boxes with breakable items.
- Pack appliances in factory boxes whenever possible and cushion with wadded (not shredded) packing paper. Shredded paper can get into the machines and cause damage. Wedge doors open when storing appliances in units.
- When packing boxes, try to limit the weight to 30 lbs or less per box.
- When wrapping collectables or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This will keep you from mistaking them for the excess paper you used to fill the box.
- Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.
- Caution – It is against the law to store materials that are hazardous or combustible, such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint, and such. Drain all gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, and other equipment before storing them. Do not store food items which could attract rodents or pests.
- Plan your storage space. Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them. Also, make sure to store valuable items towards the back of the unit. Don’t forget to leave space for walkways.
- Do not assume that your homeowner or renter insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. You may need to purchase insurance. Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
- Thoroughly clean and dry your appliances. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly open. Remove and discard vacuum cleaner bags. To save space, fill interiors of appliances with linens, clothes, and stuffed toys. Stuff towels between the washing machine and the inner tub of the washing machine to keep the tub from rotating.
- Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage spaces for pictures, knickknacks, china, silverware, small items, and such. Wrap them properly in table cloths, towels, blankets or packing papers to prevent breakage.
- Store mattresses and box springs on long edges. Wrap them completely for protection and elevate off of the floor. Use pallets, plywood, or anything that can keep your items off the floor of the storage unit. It is not advised to lean items against the walls of the storage unit.
- Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked ‘fragile’. Keep them straight up and never flat. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Make sure to stack these boxes on top.
- Make a list of packing materials that you will need, such as boxes, bubble pack, tape, marking pens, rope, drop cloths, mattress and furniture covers, and more.
- Disassemble beds and mark the pieces so that they are easy to put back together. Tables that have removable legs should be ‘broken down’ to save space.
- When packing books, pack them in small cartons that weigh no more than 30 lbs. Alternate bindings and cushion them with wadded packing paper.
- Keep your out-of-season clothes accessible, in case you have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.