Tips for organizing and packing your belongings for storage, to get the most out of your storage unit, and ensure an easy and safe process.
Think about your storage unit like a large pantry – what might you need to access most frequently? Organize your items in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle.
Many of the items you store will be put away for a while. Cleaning them thoroughly before moving them into your storage unit will help maintain their value.
Before you pack your valuable items away to store, create a detailed inventory list. Keep an electronic copy of the inventory on file for quick reference and also print out a couple copies and put them away in different places or pass one onto a loved one for safe keeping.
Jun 23 Color Code Your Storage Bins
When you buy bins of like size and shape, you can stack them like a tower. And when they are clear, you can get a quick glimpse of the items inside. While you can keep similar bins in one area of your storage unit, when you color code them, your storage items will be easier to locate at a glance.
May 30 Making an Aisle
Once you pick a storage unit and begin the move in process, you may be tempted to throw everything in your unit as quickly as possible. Don't forget to make an Aisle down the middle of your storage unit.
May 29 College Student Storage Tip
Do you have a college student home for the summer or just need to store things for the short term? The first thing to decide is how much you have that needs storage, and how much space you need to keep this in for the short or long term.
Apr 30 Golden Rule of Packing
One golden rule of packing is to always put the heavy items in smaller boxes. This means books, electronics, that hand painted cement gnome your Aunt Betty gave you, anything that requires storage and has a lot of weight to it.
This time of year many people are working on an annual spring cleaning activities. This could also lead to an increase in storage units being rented. Due to that possibility, this tip will be geared more toward those who are new to self storage.
When you are ready to move into a storage unit, the first thing to do is make a list of what you most likely be storing. Knowing what you plan to put into storage is also helpful in making a decision on the size of your unit.
In the event that you are planning to store any lawn equipment, hoses, or even possibly a refrigerator, there are steps to take before bringing this for storage. Any gas powered equipment should be completely drained of gasoline, cleaned and dried prior to storing.
Sure, a little dust might not harm your items in storage, but there are ways to minimize the effects of dust on your stored items.
No one wants to pull their boxes from storage and find their valuables crushed or broken. Bubble wrap is important to protect breakables. Wrap precious items in it to prevent bumps, dings, scrapes and cracks.
Feb 03 Long-term Self-Storage Tip
Whether you’re storing used furniture for the kids when they venture off to college, or need storage space for an automobile, boat, or laundry and dryer. There are some best practices for long-term storage that will ensure your items endure the span of time, operate and smell good - once taken out of storage.
If you are storing a refrigerator, a washing machine, or a dishwasher, these items can hold water in them even if they are disconnected. By properly draining your appliances before storing, you are ensuring your valuables stay dry and free of water damage and mold.