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  • 1. Gather Materials

    Start by gathering boxes, tape, markers and packing material (e.g., bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • 2. Plan Ahead

    Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.

  • 3. Prep Unit

    Prepare the space by placing a protective cover on the floor underneath your goods.

  • 4. Maintain Access

    Leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Allow a small space between the walls and boxes for air circulation.

  • 5. Take Inventory

    Compile an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home.

  • 6. Use Pallets

    Place storage items on 2x4 boards or pallets to guard against dampness. Concrete floor may become cold and damp.

  • 7. Be Careful

    Never store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, and paint).

  • 8. Box Size

    Use uniformly sized boxes for easier stacking. Be sure these boxes are strong enough to hold about 25-30 pounds. Do not put too much in each box.

  • 9. Stack by Weight

    Put lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.

  • 10. Label Contents

    List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

  • 11. Dishes and Glassware

    Wrap dishes and glasses in paper and pack in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

  • 12. Fragile Items

    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” then stacked on end.

  • 13. Extra Space

    Furniture with drawers can be used to store pictures, knick-knacks, silverware, and other small items. Wrap in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.

  • 14. Appliances

    Larger appliances make great “packaging cases” for loose items such as blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

  • 15. Store Together

    Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack any extra cans inside of each other.

  • 16. Break It Down

    Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.

  • 17. Sofas/Love Seats

    Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Remember to place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

  • 18. Stuffed Furniture

    To protect against dust, cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets.

  • 19. Mattresses

    Stand mattresses on their side to save space, but make sure they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

  • 20. Pack Your Space

    Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.

  • 21. Sharp or Heavy Objects

    Do not place any heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • 22. Lock It Up

    Use a good quality lock on your door.

  • 23. No Food Items

    To prevent bug infestation and rodents, food items should not be stored.

  • 24. Electronics

    Put TV's and your other electronics in the rear of your unit.

What Not to Store

Photographs will suffer temperature damage if not stored in a climate controlled unit. For your personal protection and security, we recommend that the following not be stored: cash, financial papers and assets, legal documents such as deeds, wills, passports or other such valuable papers, securities, jewelry (except costume jewelry), prescriptions, furs, stamp or coin collections, irreplaceable photos, medical and family history records, perishable items.

Prohibited Items

The following items are absolutely prohibited to be stored at any of our storage facilities: flammable materials such as paint, varnish, thinners, gasoline, kerosene and oil, bottled gas, aerosol cans, nail polish and remover, ammunition and explosives, corrosives, cleaning fluids and detergents.