Here are a few ideas to keep your items in better shape as well as make your stay safer and easier.
- To avoid a lot of unnecessary work and guessing later, use a heavy black marker to label the contents of every box. Don’t skimp on boxes and tape as this can lead to damage.
- Clearly mark boxes that have a definitive top, especially boxes containing glassware, picture frames, and anything that can be damaged if turned the wrong way.
- Use hanging wardrobe boxes for fine clothes, drapes, and other fabrics. They work great for items that need some extra care and room to breathe.
- Avoid using plastic storage bags. They offer little protection since they’re so easily ripped. Because there is no ventilation, they can end up full of mildew.
- Cover mattresses and fabric-covered furniture with protective materials, such as plastic painter’s drop cloths, to ensure that they stay in good condition. These items can absorb moisture that can lead to mold and mildew.
- Drain the fuel tanks of lawnmowers, weedwackers, and leaf blowers before storing. This step will prevent your items from smelling like gasoline and oil.
- Consider drawing a simple map of where the important items in your unit can be found. Tape it to the wall and avoid a “treasure hunt” later.
- Consider using the inside of the vacant fridge for anything that fits. Books and CDs work well. Remember to leave the door wedged open for proper circulation.
- Make the most of your space by stacking to the ceiling. To do this safely, pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes to provide a stable base. Then place the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the stack. Keep a stepstool handy to avoid over-reaching.
- Keep items, especially boxes, at least an inch from the walls. You will get better results with good air circulation.
- Don’t pack boxes with more items than you can comfortably lift. Avoid over packing to prevent problems with stacking caused by bulging boxes.
- Keep your frequently used items at the front of your unit.
- Keep some basic tools like screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers, and a utility knife around. These tools will help when you need to take things apart to take up less space in the unit.
Our self storage team is full of helpful knowledge relating to the packing, preparing, moving, and organizing of your belongings. If you have any other questions, please feel free to give us a call!