Tips for Storing Belongings
December 26th, 2017
Tips for Storing Belongings
We want your move to be as effortless as possible. We’ve been around the storage unit business for a long time. In that time, we’ve gained a few storage tips and tricks to help make the process of moving and storage easier.
Bubble wrap, packing peanuts and newspaper are great for packing fragile items.
Be careful not use newspaper on items that could possibly be stained by the ink.
Always use packaging tape to help keep the tops of boxes flattened and items enclosed.
When you are stacking boxes, place the heaviest items on the bottom and the lighter boxes on top.
For fragile items, make sure they are in clearly labeled boxes and stacked on top so they aren’t crushed by heavier objects.
Labeling your boxes will help you in the long run if you ever find yourself trying to search for a certain item.
If you have a lot of small, awkward-shaped items, place them on a shelving unit to maximize your storage unit space.
Hollow space is wasteful. When you are moving into your storage unit be sure to fill every nook and cranny. Dresser drawers can be filled with items and boxes can be stacked on top. Brooms, shovels and rakes can be placed in an unused garbage can.
For beds and tables, we recommend that you disassemble them before placing them inside your storage unit. Place screws in a sandwich bag and tape to the designated piece of furniture. Use blankets or sheets between surfaces to avoid damage.
If possible, store sofas upright to conserve space.
Create an aisle inside of your storage unit so that you can easily access your belongings.
Place sliders underneath of large furniture to make moving large items easier.
Group all of your frequently-used items together and store them towards the front of your storage unit to avoid frustration.
For safety reasons, light items (such as bedding, linens, lamps) should be kept in larger boxes while heavier items (books, CDs, DVDs, documents) should be kept in smaller boxes.
Limit the amount of storage box sizes you use (no more than two) so it’s easier to stack.
If you are storing appliances, make sure they are completely drained of water, cleaned, and dried. Keep the doors slightly ajar to prevent mold or mildew from forming.
Clear plastic bins work great for storage! They have tight fitting lids and stack evenly on top of each other. If your bins are clear, you can easily see what is stored inside.
When stacking your storage boxes, leave a small space between walls to help with the air flow. Pallets are also an excellent way to help with air circulation.
Dryer sheets are a great way to keep insects and spiders away. They also keep your items smelling fresh! We recommend that you change the dryer sheets out on a monthly basis to ensure maximum freshness.