Storage Space Tips
We recommend protecting your fragile goods with packing materials and storage materials. Some packing and moving supplies and materials that you can use are:
- Bubble Wrap
- Wrapping/Packing Paper
- Old Dish Towels, Blankets, Or Linens
- Thick Paper Towels
- Moving Blankets
- Furniture Cover
Whether you use boxes, tape, and bubble wrap or those big plastic storage bins, make sure to label your moving boxes and containers. Make a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
Pack the storage space carefully. Use heavy-duty boxes if and when necessary. (We can help you decide when it’s appropriate.) Remember to leave air space around the perimeter to help with ventilation.
If you will be using the space frequently to add or remove items, leave space to be able to get to items or store them close to the door. Racks and/or shelving may be placed in units to aid organization.
For more information on how to properly pack and store your goods, check out our blog entry, “How to Organize a Self Storage Unit.”
Don’t forget that we’re here to help!
Here’s a list of some of the things we offer:
- Boxes (Small To Extra Large)
- Wardrobe Boxes
- Mirror Boxes
- TV Boxes
- Wrapping Paper
- Bubble Wrap
- Furniture Covers
- Box Cutters
Prohibited Storage Goods
DO NOT pack the following items or place them in storage:
- Perishable Food. It can rot, smell terrible and grow mold. It can also attract rats and other rodents.
- Pets And Other Live Animals. This should go without saying, but you can’t have live animals in your storage unit.
- Live Plants. Potted plants need sunlight, fresh air, water and new soil. Obviously, they will find none of that in a storage unit.
- Hazardous Materials. Prohibited items include paints, paint thinners, pesticides, weed killers, fireworks, charcoal, liquor, and ammunition, among many others.
- Stolen and Illegal Goods. Obviously, if the manager suspects you have stolen or illegal goods in your unit, they will have to call the police.
- Valuable Items. This is just a recommendation. In general, it is better to keep your valuables at home.
For more information on what not to pack, check out our blog entry, “What Not to Store.”
Remember, an efficiently packed space costs less than choosing a larger space that is not packed well. Our packing and storage supply experts at all three of our locations can assist you.