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Tips for Packing & Storing
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What should or should not be stored?
Hints for Packing and Storing
Security Options for Storage
Choosing Boxes and Packing Materials
Packing Efficiently for Self Storage
Vehicle Self Storage
Self-Storage Tips for Business Owners
What should or should not be stored in a self-storage unit?
Self-storage is an excellent option for storing overflow of many different types of materials from your home or business. You can think of your storage unit as a second garage, retail storage space or supply room for your business.
When planning what to store in your unit, whether for business or personal purposes, consider that all storage facilities have restrictions on what they will allow you to store on their premises. This is for the protection of not just you and your belongings, but the facility and other customers and their goods. Even on a month to month lease you will be required to sign indicating that you understand and agree to adhere to the rules and restrictions for what items are allowable. As a general rule, any item or material that is considered “hazardous” will not be allowed.
In preparation for renting a storage unit, make out a preliminary inventory of the items you wish to store. You can use this list to help you and the on-site resident manager to make sure you’ll be in full compliance with the list of allowable items. This can only be determined with full disclosure of what you will be storing. Or, if you’re not sure if an item is allowed, call the self-storage facility ahead of time to find out. This will prevent any related inconvenience upon arriving at the storage site.
We frequently get questions about what is acceptable to store. Here is a list of items and materials about which we are commonly asked:
Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials
Considered “hazardous,” these include gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizer, paint, cleaners, chemicals, narcotics, or hazardous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products containing asbestos are not allowed. You also cannot store fireworks, explosives, weapons or ammunition.
Tires & Vehicles
Storing vehicles is generally acceptable, as long as they are registered, insured and in operational condition. Please refer to the storage tips section for suggestions when storing a vehicle. Most facilities will not let you store more than four tires in your self-storage unit due to the cost of dispose of them.
Medical/Pharmaceutical Supplies & Equipment
If you are a sales representative, you may find a self-storage unit a convenient place to manage medical supplies and pharmaceutical samples. It is a useful way to keep your products organized and easily accessible without cluttering up your office or filling your car trunk. While most supplies are acceptable, radioactive equipment – or anything that contains radioactive materials – cannot legally be stored.
Perishable Food and Animal Products
Canned foods can be stored in storage units. But perishable food products such as cereals, produce or meats are not allowed. These may spoil or attract pests.
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items
Any animals or plants – alive or dead – cannot be stored. Nor can any stolen items. People are not allowed to plug in or use refrigerators, freezers, generators, space heaters or live in storage units.
If you have any questions about the items you wish to store, consult the on-site resident manager of the facility before you pack and bring it to the site.
Hints for Packing and Storing
- Be careful not to store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals) or perishable (such as food that is not sealed)
- Store furniture carefully on boards or pallets to lift them off the floor of your storage unit.
- When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage.
- Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
- When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with clean plain wrapping, packing or butcher paper to prevent collapsing when stacked.
- Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes, brooms, rakes and other long handled lawn and garden tools.
- Always use high quality locks on your unit. We sells disc locks on-site; ask the On Site Storage Manager for details.
- Use furniture drawers to hold delicate items. Wrap them in bubble wrap or clean plain wrapping, packing or butcher paper.
- When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes.
- Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces.
- Store small items like pots and pans in large appliances, such as stoves or refrigerators.
- Break down items (such as table legs) and store large furniture like tabletops and sofas) on end to save space.
- When storing business files, label all boxes and construct aisles so files are easily seen and accessible.
- Clean furniture, boxes and the storage unit of all food and perishables.
Security Options for Storage
If you have more possessions than places to put them, keeping your things secure in a rented storage unit is often a convenient solution. However, it’s important to make sure that your belongings will be not just secure but easily accessible. Security measures vary according to geographic location, facility policy and cost, so here are some things to keep in mind when looking for the right kind of storage for you.
For security purposes, the majority of self-storage properties have set hours during which renters can enter the property and access their storage unit. The property’s security system will prevent you from entering the property other than during these hours. If your schedule is different than the hours the storage facility is open, storage may become more of a headache than a help. Be sure to know up front what times and days you will be allowed to access your belongings.
In some cases, you can rent a storage unit with 24-hour access or extended hoursfor an increased fee.
Locks & Security Systems
Although no security system is totally foolproof, there are security features that the facility should have to make sure both you and your stored items are as safe as possible:
- When possible, chose a property that is completely fenced in. It should also be well lit. This is especially important if you will be accessing your storage unit when it’s dark, or a times when no managers are on duty.
- Almost all storage facilities have a keypad entry system at the main gate. When you rent a storage unit you will be given a unique access code, which you’ll use to gain entry to the facility via the main gate’s keypad system. In addition to using the code, you will be responsible for supplying some sort of lock for your individual storage unit. Remember that you will have the only key to your individual lock.
- Finally, there should be at least one video surveillance camera at the main gate. This backs up the keypad entry system with a chronological visual history of all individuals who have entered and exited the facility. Some storage facilities have video cameras – sometimes as many as 15 or more – at other spots around the site, too.
The peace of mind that comes from secured storage is an important benefit for both individuals and business owners, but security policies can become a hassle if you don’t know what you’re signing up for. Take the extra step to investigate the security options available at the storage facility of your choosing, and maximize the convenience of your storage solution.
Choosing boxes and packing materials
Now that you have made the decision to move things into storage , the next step is to pack them correctly. The first step is finding boxes. Many of us have made the mistake of going to local liquor stores, retail or grocery stores, only to find that most of them break down boxes almost as soon as they empty them. If they do save boxes, they typically are a variety of different sizes, somewhat damaged, or contaminated with dirt, bugs or food residue.
Buying boxes may seem at first to be an unnecessary expense, but the purchase is certainly worth the investment if it safely preserves your belongings. Here are several reasons for purchasing boxes:
Reasons for Purchasing Boxes
- The total number of needed boxes can be purchased in one trip, rather than hunting from store to store and relying on what’s available
- The sizes of boxes are standard and predictable (Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large), rather than working with whatever sizes are available
- Purchased boxes are often grooved so that the flaps can be bent to accommodate different sizes
- Although most boxes are standard in dimension and intended for general use, there are unique boxes specifically designed for a purpose, such as telescoping boxes for large mirrors or pictures, and wardrobe boxes with built-in hanging rods, dish pack and glass pack kits are boxes that come with cardboard dividers and foam pockets for easy packing; plastic, fabric-lined dish storage containers can be purchased at house wares retailers
- Using boxes of the same size and shape makes stacking easy
- Durability and cleanliness are guaranteed
- Sturdy, quality boxes provide extra protection for fragile items and won’t collapse as easily under the weight of other boxes
- Moving companies typically require quality, well-sealed boxes and may repack them at an extra charge if they are flimsy or dirty
- Whereas discarded boxes are intended for temporary use, purchased boxes can be used and reused over the long term; one way to reuse them is to cut the tops off boxes and stack them on their sides to create shelving in the storage unit
- When boxes are no longer needed, they can be broken down in neat stacks and donated or given away
The expense of purchasing boxes can be mitigated with smart choices when it comes to packing materials and methods. Here are some steps to save money and avoid headaches:
Tips for Choosing & Using Packing Materials
- When choosing box sizes, keep in mind not just what they can store, but how easy they will be to transport; choose smaller boxes for books and heavy items, and larger boxes for linens and clothing
- Avoid using newsprint to wrap items – the ink can transfer and stain to what you are using them to protect; consider using clean, plain wrapping/butcher paper, quality paper towels or thin foam sheets for inexpensive items, and felt or bubble wrap for valued breakables
- Estimate how much tape you’ll need to secure both the bottoms and tops of boxes (they may be turned upside down or topple during the move) and then buy double that amount of tape (it goes fast)
- Dish pack and glass pack kits are boxes that come with cardboard dividers and foam pockets for easy packing; plastic, fabric-lined dish storage containers can be purchased at house wares retailers
- Fill boxes full, but not too full – boxes with loose contents can wobble and shift, and boxes that are too full can crush contents when being moved; use packing peanuts, clothing or towels to fill the spaces
- Rolls of shrink wrap can be purchased to wrap cabinets, appliances, dressers and desks to keep drawers and doors shut; remove shrink wrap after relocation. Do NOT tape drawers & doors shut to move. The tape can permanently damage the finish.
- Mattress covers and sofa covers can be purchased for the move; sealed plastic covers should not be left on for long-term storage as moisture can promote the growth of mold and mildew – a canvas tarp or sheet is recommended for a storage period lasting more than a week
Packing supply stores offer a variety of packing supplies, boxes, covers and other handy items. Your On Site Resident Manager can be a great resource for creative ways to use these materials to solve packing and moving problems.
Packing Efficiently for Self Storage
Self-storage units don’t have to be a space you visit once or twice a year to dig something out of a stack of boxes. They can be highly organized, easily accessible spaces that free up necessary space in your home or office. To get the most out of the, though, it is best to plan ahead before you start loading up the truck. Here are steps to help you plan:
Step 1: Plan What You Will Store
- Start by identifying items that will be packed in boxes and stacked.
- Prioritize boxed items you will want to access most frequently (they’ll go closer to the front of the unit).
- Group by fragility or weight – heavier, sturdier items should be stored on the bottom of stacked items, fragile items on top.
- Consider awkwardly sized items that won’t stack well, including how often you will need to use them, and how heavy they are.
Step 2: Choose the Right Size Unit
Nobody wants to pay for storage they don’t need. But a little extra space makes moving around within the unit much easier. It also give you room to add those unplanned items that always seem to pop up.
Storage facility managers can be quite helpful in determining how much space you will need. The Select a Unit Feature is also helpful in calculating size requirements.
Step 3: Organize and Pack Your Items with a Plan in Mind
Organizing and efficiently packing your items will take time and concentration. However, the up-front effort will be well worth it when you’re able to easily unload and organize your items at the storage unit. Here are some tips for packing:
Invest in Supplies
- · Use boxes, not plastic bags. Boxes are sturdier and stack well, taking up less space. Many moving companies require that goods be packed in boxes for transport. Also, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity, which can cause damaging mildew.
- Invest in good quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials. Boxes should be sturdy enough to hold up for years under the weight of the stack. You may be tempted to get boxes for free from supermarkets and liquor stores; however, the mismatched shapes and sizes will impede your ability to organize most effectively. You can buy standard-sized boxes and specialty boxes for items such as TVs, videotapes and pictures.
- For wrapping breakables, paper will do, but bubble wrap can be used repeatedly, is cleaner, and because it is transparent, makes identifying contents easier.
- Most people end up needing more tape than they thought they would when packing.
Packing in Boxes
- · Box up everything that you can. Anything left unboxed in a self-storage facility can get dusty.
- Fill boxes to capacity. The contents in half-empty boxes can shift during transport or lifting. Corners and sides can collapse if there’s nothing to support them. Foam peanuts are handy for filling in the gaps in boxes or plain wrapping, packing or butcher paper.
- Distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they are not too heavy for you and others who may be lifting them.
- Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items.
- Clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents.
- Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.
Packing Other Items
- If you plan to store clothes, think about investing in a wardrobe box with a built-in hanging rod.
- Large appliances must be prepared correctly for proper storage.
- Defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly to avoid water damage and mildew growth. Tie down the appliance doors during transport, but leave them slightly ajar once placedin storage.
- Drain washing machines, and tie down hoses and cords before storing them.This prevents damage to the cords and hoses while being transported.
- It’s a good idea to wipe down the inside of appliances with baking soda before you store them to keep them dry.
- Wrap mirrors and pictures in protective covering such as bubble wrap and mark them as “Fragile.” Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, weakest areas of frames.
- If storing photographs, store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and consider taping them together to avoid curling.
- Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.
- If you’re storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, consider investing in covers, bags or sheeting for additional protection.
- Vacuum-sealed bags work really well for draperies, bedding, and clothing.
- Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If using other boxes, choose ones that are as close in size to the original as possible, and fill all gaps with paper. Make sure you secure the player arm of a record player and turntable.
- Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them. Wrap and cover the separate sections, clearly mark them and keep them together. Keep assembly components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly, and tape the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture. (Use tape that is safe for use on furniture, or tape the bag to an inconspicuous place on the piece.) Cover chair legs with bubble wrap or rags for extra protection.
- Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture polish before storing it to give it some added protection.
- Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.
- Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing them to avoid rust formation that can occur when the tools are not used regularly.
- When storing a vacuum cleaner, clean out the bag or canister first; bacteria, mold and vermin can accumulate otherwise.
- When storing an oven as well as a refrigerator, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to prevent vermin.
- Consider having awkward or heavy pieces such as exercise equipment packed professionally. Talk to your storage facility manager or local pack-and-ship store about options.
As you go, keep an inventory of every item you’ve packed. Ideally, include an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store. Consider taking pictures of valuable items. These steps will help you make accurate insurance claims in case of unforeseen damage or loss.Check with your homeowners insurance policy to see if it covers your items in storage.If not purchase a policy to cover your items in storage.
Step 4: Unpack and Arrange Items Efficiently
Before you load up the truck to take your packed items to your self-storage unit, check with the storage facility manager to make sure there is adequate space for the truck to maneuver to your unit.
As you arrive at the facility and begin to unload, arranging your furniture, equipment, boxes, and other odds-and-ends efficiently in your storage unit will make a big difference in maximizing its convenience.
Here are a few tried-and-true suggestions for putting items into your unit:
- While your storage unit should already be clean and swept out, consider putting down protective canvas sheeting, cardboard or wooden boards on the floor for cleanliness.
- Keep a fold-up step stool in your space or accessing hard-to-reach areas.
- Based on the climate in which you live or work, consider putting down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and/or vermin bait to protect your belongings.
- Frequently used items should be placed near the entrance for easy access. This holds true for file boxes and other business items, too.
- To ensure security of valuable items such as computers or TVs, place them farthest from the door, with other items concealing them.
- Unload the largest items and place them against the far wall, as well as along the sides of the unit. See if the storage facility has dollies or other aidesthat you can use to unload and place these heavy items. Some self-storage companies will offer these free of charge.You may be asked to leave something with the manager to insure it’s return.
- For archived business documents that you won’t need to access frequently, place them against the far wall of the unit.
- When arranging items, leave an aisle space for easy access to your items. You can either leave aisles between your stacks of boxes and furniture, or line up all your furniture and boxes against the outside walls of the unit in a “U” shape, leaving the inside of the U as open space.
For furniture and other large items
- Break down furniture into smaller pieces, if possible. Take the legs off of tables, disassemble bed frames and lean them against the wall, etc.
- Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them against scratches, dust and other damage.
- Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space. Stand sofas on end when possible.
- If you have room to store a sofa flat, then a loveseat can be placed upside down on top of the sofa, and a table stacked on top of that.
- Chairs can be stacked seat to seat.
- In most case, you can stack dryers on top of washers.
For odd-shaped, miscellaneous items
- You can tie tools and long-handled items such as rakes, snow shovels and brooms in bundles. Or, put them inside garbage cans to keep them neat.
- Mirrors and framed artwork should never be stored flat, as they can collapse under their own weight.
- Be sure when stacking boxes and containers that you can clearly see the bottom to avoid damage.
- Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.
- You can use virtually all of the space in and around your stored furniture, including other items, as places to store more items. Fill anything that’s hollow with items to maximize your available space.
- Furniture drawers are good for storing fragile items.
- Stack the shelves of bookcases with books, small boxes and other odds and ends
- Store boxes containing fragile goods inside of wardrobes
- Store pillows, blankets and other bedding inside washers and dryers
- Store clothes inside dresser drawers
You may be thinking that all this planning, preparing and setting up your self-storage unit may seem like a big project. You’ll find the time and effort are worth it, though, when you discover the peace of mind that comes with knowing your belongings are protected, conveniently accessible and well-preserved.
Vehicle Self Storage
Self-storage units are a convenient place to store vehicles of virtually any type. Keeping your car, truck, van, RV, ATV, golf cart, boat, motorcycle, jet ski or trailer at a storage facility frees up valuable space on your property or in your garage. Since most storage facilities rent on a month-to-month basis, this makes storing vehicles during the off-season or during extended periods of travel an excellent solution.
Accommodations for vehicle storage vary from facility to facility. Some offer uncovered areas. Smaller vehicles like jet skis and motorcycles can be stored inside a typical enclosed self-storage unit. Certain facilities have a dedicated area for RVs, with a choice of covered or uncovered parking spaces.
We recommend our customers consider these questions before signing a lease agreement:
- What types of units and open spaces they offer for vehicles (e.g., covered or uncovered)
- What size units or spaces are available (what is the maximum length of the vehicle that can be stored those areas)
- Acceptable ways to transport your vehicle to and from the facility
- Hour of operation for bringing, removing, and accessing your vehicle
- Is the facility clean and neat?
- What security features are available at the site?
Most facilities have a few basic rules for vehicle storage:
- Wheeled vehicles must be in drivable condition, (i.e. must be driven onto the lot)
- Most vehicles must be registered and insured, and you must provide proof of each
- Tires must be inflated
- Customers are prohibited from occupying vehicles while in storage
Be sure to check with the self-storage facilities in your area about the specifics of their policies before you decide where to store your vehicle.
Self-Storage Tips for Business Owners
A cramped workspace can make it difficult to find what you need, distracting you from business at hand. Excess inventory, samples, supplies and paperwork tend to pile up quickly in small spaces, requiring extra effort to keep things organized. You may have considered renting additional commercial space or trying to squeeze more room in your home-based office, but were put off by the cost and loss of valuable time to planning and construction. That’s why, for today’s businessperson, self-storage is a cost effective and efficient solution.
Many business owners that store with us make use of self-storage not just for long-term, but also short-term solutions.
- During remodeling, redecorating, or downsizing your business
- When relocating your business
- Storing seasonal furnishing such as patio furniture, grills, outdoor kiosks, etc.
- Storing excess inventory before the start of the holiday season.
Essentially, a storage unit can function much like an extra office. Take advantage of these tips to get the most of our investment:
Tip #1: Make a list of all of the items you’ll be storing in your unit, and keep an ongoing inventory.
Based on this list, you can then determine the amount of space you will need. With proper packing and organization you can fit a lot more in a self-storage unit than may appear. The self-storage site manager is an expert at this, and will work with you to ensure that you’re choosing the size you need.
It’s easy to forget over time what you’ve taken out or added to your storage space, especially if several employees frequently access the unit. Consider keeping a running inventory on a PDA, laptop or website in order to keep tabs on stored items whether you’re at the unit or your office.
This is valuable information not only for staying organized, but also for insuring the items you’re storing.
Tip #2: Proper packing is key.
Although self-storage units are intended to protect your belongings from the elements, additional steps should be taken to protect the items you are storing, especially if they are of high value.
- Computers should ideally be put in a box and then packed securely with packing peanuts or some other type of foam insulation.
- Archival documents, photos, or other paperwork should be packed in boxes that are roughly the same size so they can be easily stacked in the storage unit.
- Office furniture can be turned on end vertically. For more information and advice on how to pack and organize a self-storage unit.
Tip #3 Tips for Loading Your Space
- Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space until full.
- A box for everything and everything in a box is the best protection of your goods. Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
- Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods. Be sure the plastic laps up over the walls a few inches on every side.
- Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls.
- Store lightweight small items around the back of the storage unit. Move large, heavy items into storage last.
- Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- Protect your mattresses, sofas, and chairs with tarps or sheets..
- Cover the entire load with a light tarps or sheets. Plastic on top tends to hold in moisture.
- Use a good quality lock on your storage unit door. Cheap locks rust and hasp locks are easily cut off.
- Insure your goods while in storage.
- Keep a list of all items in storage as well as pictures, and descriptions.
Tip #4 Space Saving Packing Tips
- Begin packing a couple of days before you move. Careful packing pays by preventing breakage and loss of small and fragile items. And moving time is a great time to weed out old, unwanted or unneeded possessions. They only take up storage space.
- You’ll want plenty of sturdy corrugated cartons, packing paper, sealing tape, and a magic marker-type pen. Then if you follow these simple packing tips, they will save you trouble, help avoid damage to your goods and make maximum use of the space in your storage unit.
- Appliances: Tape all appliance doors shut when moving. Wedge doors open while in storage. Secure all moveable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. Freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels and clothing. Always clean your stove before moving and give utility companies a few days’ notice to disconnect appliances.
- Beds: Lash bed rails together with rope or plastic tape. As you take beds apart, mark all pieces so you know which goes with which headboard, etc. Place covers on mattresses to keep them clean during moving and storage.Put hardware in a plastic bag and attach to corresponding furniture.
- Books: Books get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small cartons under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper. (Garbage bags work well as a liner).
- Bureaus: Make your bureau drawers earn their passage as extra packing boxes. Fill them with a few small and fragile items. Sweaters, blankets, and towels make excellent padding.
- Cartons: Go easy on your back. Hold weight of all packing cartons under 30 pounds. With a marking pen, list contents of each carton on the side. For load sizing, multiply length x width x height of each carton if that information is not already on the carton.
- Chairs: Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
- Clothing: Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.
- Dishes: Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each one with packing tissue and cushion them in the carton with crumpled packing paper. Keep dish pack cartons under 30 pounds for easy handling and safe riding.
- Glasses: Pack glasses carefully. Wrap with tissue and pad with crumpled packing paper just like dishes.
- Lamps: Pack lampshades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases ride securely in bureau drawers, freezers and washing machines. For safety, pad them well with towels and blankets.
When you’re planning how you will pack your items, consider how frequently you plan to access them. Some packing methods are much easier to change as necessary, and less messy to work with.
By following these tips, and working with your self-storage manager, you will find this solution to be one that takes the least amount of valuable time away from your primary tasks.
WARNING: Do Not Store Combustibles or Perishables: such as old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline, etc. Make certain all fuel is drained or burned out of the gasoline powered equipment. Throw away anything that could possibly cause fire. Do not store food in open containers or any item, which could attract rodents or pests. Why risk your possessions just to keep a few cents’ worth of leftovers?