Storage Hints

  1. Inspect your storage unit and make a list of packing accessories you will need. Commonly used packing aids include such items as newsprint or wrapping paper, bubble-wrap, tape, rope, drop cloths, polyurethane sheeting, mattress and furniture covers, pallets, skids dehumidifiers, and cartons. The manager may have some or all of these items for sale on the premises.
  2. Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods to guard against dampness. For example, plastic sheeting, 2x4 boards or pallets. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  3. Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  4. Place frequently used items near the door.
  5. 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. Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
  6. Fragile items should be cushioned by packing and placed toward the top of the unit.
  7. Label cartons and take home a list of the labeled cartons for easy reference when you need to locate your property.
  8. CAUTION: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint Thinner, Gasoline, Solvents, Paint, etc.). For safety reasons, and per your lease, combustible items are not allowed.
  9. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.
  10. Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for small items. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
  11. Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
  12. Tables having removable legs should be "broken down" to save space.
  13. 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 should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
  14. 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. Wrap all mattresses in plastic to protect from dust.
  15. Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  16. Use a good quality lock on your door, such as our hardened steel disk lock. Cheap locks rust and do not provide good security.
  17. To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items should be stored.
  18. Put TV’s, electronics and other valuable items in the rear of your unit.