Helpful Storage Guide: Self Storage Unit Tips

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

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

3. Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

4. CAUTION: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE in storage unit (i.e, paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)

5. Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25lbs to 30lbs. (It is best not to put to much in each box.)

6. List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes, seal them with tape.

7. Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.

8. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

9. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "Fragile" and stacked on end of storage unit.

10.  Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, nick-knacks, china, silverware, small items etc. Wrap them in table cloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.

11. Larger appliances make excellent storage for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.

12. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.

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

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

15. Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

16. If you stand mattresses on their side, "prop" them up os they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

17. Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

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

19. Use a good quality lock on your storage unit door. Cheap locks rust and do not provide good security.