Storage Tips

  1. Make packing for storage easier on yourself by planning ahead. Start by listing all items your going to store, and their approximate sizes. Also gather up plenty of sturdy corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers or shelving you intend to use in your storage unit.
  2. Pack as much as you can in uniform-size boxes. Fill them tightly, but take care to neither overpack nor underpack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half-full boxes tend to collapse.) Use wadded up newsprint, bubble wrap, rags, towels or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection, seal cartons with tape.
  3. Pack heavy items, such as books and tools, in small boxes. For easier handling, limit the weight of all cartons (regardless of size), to 30 lbs. or less.
  4. Label all cartons so you know their contents and keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.
  5. Clean and dry appliances thoroughly before storing. Secure all movable parts for your protection and secure each item during transport, tape all doors shut; but remember to wedge them open for storage.
  6. Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.
  7. Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
  8. Use bureau drawers to store small, fragile items. Clothing and towels make excellent packing material.
  9. Protect chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
  10. Hang clothing and draperies in wardrobe boxes. Add moth balls or cedar chips for extra protection.
  11. Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.
  12. Pack lamps and lamp shades in individual boxes, using plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.
  13. Pad mirrors and paintings with paper and place them in special mirror packs or large boxes. Mark boxes "Fragile" and store on edge.
  14. Remove the legs from larger tables to conserve storage space. Tie and pad extra leaves together. Store table tops on edge and pad with paper or blankets.
  15. Wipe the surfaces of tools, bikes, and other metal objects with machine oil to prevent rusting.
  16. Cover the floor with a plastic tarp before moving in your belongings. Use pallets or shelving as a foundation for cartons and furniture, as well as shelving wherever possible.
  17. Stack boxes shoulder-high to maximize your total space.
  18. Do not place boxes directly on the floor, use shelving or pallets to keep boxes off the ground. Plastic totes are recommended.
  19. Place items you use frequently (or may need to use soon) near the storage room door.
  20. Store lightweight small items around the back of the locker. Move large, heavy items into storage last.
  21. Remember to leave a walkway too so you can get the rear of the unit.
  22. Pack stereos, cameras and other high value items in unmarked boxes toward the rear of the storage space.
  23. Stand sofas and mattresses on end and protect them with specially designed covers.
  24. Don't place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  25. Leave a few inches of space between your items and the wall for better ventilation.
  26. Do not lean anything against the wall or pack unit so full that things will fall against the door.
  27. Cover your belongings with a light plastic cover to prevent from natural condensation.
  28. Remember to secure your unit with a lock.  Do not leave units unlocked.

Moving Tip of the Day

Moving With Kids
Always talk to your kids before the move. Explain why you are moving and where you will be moving.

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