Prepare for Storage
- Make up an inventory of your items to be stored and revise it to keep it accurate. Keep the inventory it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
- Plan your storage space with a rough sketch of what will go where.
- Two different guidelines to consider:
Convenience First – Place items you will likely need access to toward the front of the unit. Items not likely, or less often, needed can be placed toward the rear.
Security First – Place smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the unit and large items toward the front.
What not to put in storage
- Furs, jewelry, irreplaceable items or other expensive items
- Perishable items of any kind and any living thing
- Firearms, explosives or flammables of any kind
such as: gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.
- Illegal substances, drugs, drug paraphernalia or stolen items
- Hazardous items, or hazardous waste materials, of any kind
- Items that produce offensive odors or otherwise become a nuisance to other tenants
- Place all smaller items in boxes. Completely fill each box with heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top.
- Try to use boxes of a few uniform sizes. They are much easier to stack that way.
- Label ALL boxes so that you will know what is in each box without opening it. Put the box number and it’s contents (“Kids Toys”) on all four sides. Seal boxes with masking tape or glued paper tape.
Tips for Preparing and Packing Specific Items
Bicycles and Hand Tools
Blankets, Draperies and Clothing
Dishes and Glassware
Knicknacks, China, Silverware
Lawn Mowers, Power Equipment
Mirrors and Pictures
Pillows and Plush Toys
Tables and Solid Furniture
Preparing and Moving In Your Storage
- Placing your storage items on pallets or boards will guard against condensation damage. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
- Always place heavy items on the bottom. Place lightweight, fragile and breakable items on top and do not place heavy items on them.
- Pack your storage unit as tightly as possible. This helps to protect stored items from moisture and dust. Tight packing also takes up less space.
- Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation.
- It is a good idea to cover everything with plastic sheeting. Plastic sheeting protects your stored goods from both dust and water damage.