Properly stored items will hold up much better in storage than
items not stored properly. Here are a variety of storage
suggestions that we think you’ll find helpful.
Preparing Items for Storage
Place all smaller items in uniformly sized boxes. Completely
fill each box with heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on
the top. Uniformly sized boxes stack easier and conserve storage
Label boxed items. You’ll know what is in each box
without opening it.
- Books. Pack books flat, not standing on end. This will
protect the spines which will bend and warp over time if packed
or standing upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small
boxes and don’t put them in boxes with other more fragile
- Lawn Mowers. Drain gasoline and oil from all small
engines. This precaution will protect both your stored property
and the property of others from the dangers of fire and
- Mattresses. Place mattresses in mattress bags to
protect them from dust and moisture.
- Leather Items. Treat leather items (couches, clothes,
etc.) with a leather conditioner prior to storing them. Keep
furniture items off the floor by placing them on pallets.
- Blankets, Draperies and Clothing. Have blankets,
draperies and clothing cleaned, then pack them on hangers in
- Mirrors and Pictures. Store mirrors and pictures inside
similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection
from scratches and dust.
- Furniture and Tables. Place blankets over furniture to
protect from scratches and dust.
- Photos. Photographs tend to curl over time. To keep
them flat, place between pieces of cardboard and tape them
together. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Photos and
negatives take up very little space. Try to keep these items
- Breakable Items. Wrap breakable items inside bubble
wrap and store with linens.
Dishes and Glassware. Store these items in specially made boxes
called dish packs.
- Pillows and Toys. Store smaller items like this in
boxes versus plastic garbage bags because plastic causes
- Appliances. Clean and dry all appliances prior to
storage. Do not leave anything inside of appliances to be
stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow
Do not store these items: Furs, jewelry and other
expensive items, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires,
firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil,
paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of
hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste
materials of any kind, items that produce odors or any item that
will in any way make other tenants or the manager unhappy.
Organizing your Storage Unit
- Use wooden pallets or boards underneath furniture and boxes.
This will prevent condensation from damaging them.
- Store items that will not be needed to the rear of the storage
unit and items you will need access to toward the front of the
- Store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
- Store smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the storage
unit and large items toward the front of the unit.
- Cover everything with blankets or sheets. Wooden furniture
should first be covered with blankets to avoid abrasion and
- Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall
of the storage unit for ventilation.
- Use a high quality padlock to secure your storage unit. This
type of lock is difficult to cut or break and offers maximum
protection for very little money.