Packing and Storage Tips

 

Packing Tips

Tip #1: Inspect your storage unit and make a list of packing accessories you will need. Visit our Retail Center for commonly used items include wrapping paper, bubble wrap, tape, dust covers, mattress and furniture covers, and a variety of boxes.

Tip #2: Plan your storage space. Place frequently used items near the front. Allow for walkways.

Tip #3: Place a pallet on the floor. Do not lean items against walls. Leaving air space around the unit's perimeter will aid ventilation. Leave a walkway to the rear of the unit. Use all the space available, including its height. Disassemble items such as bed frames.

Tip #4: Do NOT store ANY items that will attract pests including cooking oils, spices, condiments, canned goods, dried goods, perishable items or pet food.

Tip #5: It is against the law to store materials that are hazardous or combustible such as gasoline, solvents, paint, etc. Drain out all remaining gasoline from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, etc.

Tip #6: Fill containers to capacity. Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items such as books or tools should be packed in small boxes. If a carton is too heavy, it will be hard to lift and should be divided between two or more cartons.

Tip #7: Label boxes on all four sides and take home a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your property.ns, regardless of size, to 30lbs. or less.

Tip #8: When finished moving items into storage unit, drape a dust cover over the top to keep fine desert dust off. We offer a 10'x20' dust cover for only $4.95 that should cover just about everything.

 

Storage Tips

Appliances: A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. If unit may be accessible to children, the door should be secured shut or completely removed. Some items can be stored inside large appliances. Cartons can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that appliances are cleaned before they are stored.

Bicycles & Other Metal Items: To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Books & Documents: Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on the floor. Use pallets or skids to prevent moisture. Use packing to fill out empty pockets. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books. Do not overload.

Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, & Linens: Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. Visit our Retail Center for Grand and Shorty Wardrobe boxes. Bedding and linens may be stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests.

Dishes & Glassware: Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of the cartons containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed toward the top of the carton.

Furniture: Place a pallet, cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top. Make sure mattresses are propped up to stand straight or they may bend out of shape and become lumpy. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap the legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking boxes and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs should be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables that cannot be disassembled. Place a dust cover over your furniture.

Holiday Decorations: Save original cartons and pad the ornaments with packing paper. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper. Cover artificial trees.

Lamps & Shades: Wrap large lamp bases in padding. Wrap smaller lamps and place them in cartons. Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items atop boxes containing lamps or lamp shades.

Mirrors, Pictures, Windows: These items should be stored on edge, not flat. Small and large mirror/picture boxes are available in our Retail Center.

Tools: 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.

Valuables: Store valuables in unmarked containers at the center or rear of your storage unit.