Storage & Packing Tips
What size of a storage unit do I need?
5 x 10
Un-clutter your home or office. Perfect for boxes, motorcycles, business records, extra inventory, and hiding Christmas presents from curious family members. This is the size of a walk-in closet. 50 square feet.
10 x 10
Perfect for a small apartment or garage items that are taking over your parking space. This is the size of a small bedroom. 100 square feet. *Climate controlled only
10 x 15
Great for two to three bedroom homes or cleaning out an entire garage. This is the size of a medium bedroom. 150 square feet.
10 X 20
Ideal for a three or four bedroom home. It can also be used to store a car or contractor’s equipment. This is the size of a single garage. 200 square feet.
We also have outside storage for RVs, boats, and trailers.
Packing & Moving Tips
- Make a list of all packing materials needed: boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, marking pens, rope, pallets, charcoal (to absorb humidity), mattress and furniture covers.
- It is illegal to store hazardous or flammable materials such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint, etc. Drain all gas from lawnmowers, power tools, jet skis, etc.
- Never store food or items that will attract pests.
- Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes so they’re easier to stack. Completely fill each box and stack the heaviest on the bottom.
- Label boxes on all 4 sides with contents and which room it belongs in.
- Make an inventory of stored items and keep it in a safe place. You may want to also leave a copy with your emergency contact.
- Never store anything in sealed plastic bags as the humidity could damage it.
- Shovels, rakes, and hoses can be stored inside trash cans.
- If you disassemble furniture, mark all pieces so they can be put back together easily.
- Wax wood furniture before storing it and cover with sheets.
- Wrap small breakables in towels and store in dresser drawers.
- Pack books flat to protect spines. Do not overload.
- If storing wool items, use cedar chips or moth balls to protect them.
- Place valuables in the back of your unit. Put items that will be accessed frequently in the front. Keep out of season clothes accessible. Allow for walkways.
- Leave a small space between the wall and your items to allow for ventilation.
- Place items on 2 x 4 boards or pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
- Refrigerators and freezers should be thoroughly dry and stored with doors slightly ajar. You can also store small items inside of these. Make sure stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before storing.
- Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected. Wipe all metal surfaces with a few drops of machine oil.
- Cover furniture and mattresses with dust covers.
- Stand mattresses on end, but prop them up so they don’t bend out of shape or get lumpy.
- Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked as fragile. Stand them up—never flat.
- Remove and discard vacuum bags.
- If storing a car, put cardboard or plastic underneath to absorb any oil leaks.
- Use a high quality lock which can be purchased in our office.
- Leave an open bag of charcoal in your unit to absorb humidity and check it occasionally.
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