Self Storage Tips

  • Plan out your storage space. Items that are accessed frequently should be placed in the front. Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
  • Make up an inventory of your stored items. List contents of boxes on all four sides, to which room it belongs & seal with masking tape or glued paper tape.
  • To allow for ventilation, leave a space between the wall and your storage items.
  • Place storage items on 2” x 4” boards or pallets to guard against dampness.
  • Dishes & glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in dish boxes.
  • Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers or in hanging cartons if possible.
  • Allow room for walkways.
  • Fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Fill boxes to the top even if it’s with padding. Do not use printed newspaper, the ink may get on your items. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with a dust cover.
  • There are prohibited storage goods that every storage facility will NOT allow. Do not store food items, toxins or flammables such as paint, oil, gasoline, cleaning fluids or paint thinner.
  • If you’re storing any machinery that runs on gas, drain the tank before you store it.
  • If you're putting metal objects into storage (lawn mowers, file cabinets, metal tools, bicycles, equipment) treat them with a rust protector first or wipe them down with an oiled rag.
  • Use a high quality lock, preferably a “disk lock” for your unit.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates, marked “fragile” and stacked on end.
  • Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are clean & dry before they are stored.
  • If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to “prop” them up.
  • Do not use plastic to cover belongings, it retains moisture.
  • To protect your items, cover them with sheets, light blankets or moving pads.
  • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. Wrap and label all pieces so it takes less time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hardware (nuts & bolts, etc.) in bags, mark them and tape them firmly to the dismantled set.