Always use high quality locks on your unit. A variety of locks are available for purchase from the facility’s manager.
Maximize your storage space
- Furniture drawers make convenient containers to hold small and delicate items. Wrap the entire drawer in bubble wrap or packing paper.
- Always remember to completely fill boxes when packing small items, and stuff open areas with packing paper or bubble wrap to prevent movement and collapsing when being transported or stacked.
- Maximize space by storing kitchen items like pots and pans in large appliances, such as stoves or refrigerators.
- Wherever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.
- Break down items (such as table legs) and store large furniture like sofas on end to end to save space.
Tips for arranging stored boxes
- Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
- Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.
- When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
How to store:
- Business files - When storing business files, label all boxes and construct aisles so files are easily seen and accessible.
- Clothes, Draperies, Blankets - Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on a hanger in a wardrobe box. Wardrobe boxes are available for purchase from the facility’s manager.
- Combustibles - It is unsafe to store anything combustible such as paint, chemicals and gasoline.
- Furniture - Store furniture carefully on boards or pallets. Furniture covers are available for purchase from the facility’s manager.
- Food - It is unsafe to store anything that is perishable (such as food that is not permanently sealed).
- Heirlooms - When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as dish boxes.
- Lawn & Garden - In order to store lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids to avoid corrosive damage and fire hazard. Use trash cans to store lawn and garden tools.
- Mattresses - Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces. Mattress covers are available for purchase from the facility’s manager.
- Metal items - When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
- Old Photographs - Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
- Sensitive items - Always use climate control units for humidity sensitive items.
- Wooden items - Use protective covers, and treat wood surfaces before storing. Covers are available for purchase from the facility’s manager.