Self-storage units are great for storing your items for the long term. They protect your belongings from the sun, wind, rain, and other elements of nature and also keeps them safe from intruders. But since a self-storage unit has only so much space, your goal should be to utilize every space available so that everything fits neatly into it. Here are some easy packing tips for getting the most out of your storage unit:
Cover the floor of your storage unit with canvas tarp or plastic sheeting to keep moisture away from your belongings. You may also want to use wooden pallets or shelves to keep your items above the ground. This simple step forms a vapor barrier between your items and the cement. Condensation will come up through the cement – this naturally occurs and can only be stopped with some type of non-porous barrier.
Disc locks were created for the storage industry, and they offer the most security when locking up your possessions. They are hard to open using standard lock-picking techniques. The rounded design is highly resistant to bolt cutters, and they are manufactured with a rust-free steel design. We offer single locks for sale in the office, as well as two-packs that are keyed alike for your convenience.
Empty any appliances you intend to put into storage and clean them thoroughly. It’s a good idea to add bleach or baking soda in the cleaning solution to properly disinfect the appliances and remove any bad odors. Make sure any water is completely drained from the attached hoses or internal mechanisms of your household appliances. Otherwise, water can freeze and damage the appliance during the winter months or cause mildew during warmer weather. Store removed hoses or other attachments inside the appliance. Leave the doors of your household appliances slightly ajar when they are in storage to allow for proper ventilation (it will help prevent condensation and bad odors).
Arrange your books in small sturdy boxes (books are very heavy, so larger boxes will be difficult to lift and stack and may even break under their own weight). You can place smaller books upright, but it is generally recommendable to pack books flat in order to prevent damage to the spines.
Take time when packing dishes and glasses. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of the cartons. Plates and glasses should be wrapped individually. It’s best to stack plates on edge.
Do not place wood furniture directly on the concrete floor without a moisture barrier. Cover furniture with additional blankets and furniture pads to protect it against moisture damage, mold, mildew and water stains.
Plastic totes or sturdy boxes are the best protection for your goods. Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them to maximize your storage space. Place heaviest boxes on the bottom.
Place frequently used items near the door and leave a walkway to the rear of the space.
Wipe the surface of bicycles, tools and other metal items with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting.
After you have placed your items in the unit, do not cover them with plastic. If you should want to cover them to protect them from dust, use a “breathable” item such as an old sheet or blanket. Remember: using plastic will hold moisture under the plastic. It will make boxes soggy and promote mildew.
Since you alone control access to your storage space, there are some items which should never be placed in a storage unit. Among them are: live animals, perishables, explosives and all flammable liquids and fuels.
If it’s worth storing, it’s worth protecting. Are your goods insured? Ask the manager about self storage insurance at reasonable rates.
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