Tips for Successfully Storing Your Belongings
A lack of storage space at your home or office can be challenging when you own large items or excess inventory that you don’t use daily. Instead of throwing items away, cluttering your space, or expanding your location, consider placing furniture, appliances and other belongings in a self-storage unit.
Self storage provides flexibility to accommodate the size and quantity of your items. It is important to note that items such as furniture, clothing, electronics, photographs and documents are susceptible to damage when exposed to humidity and climate changes. These items should always be stored in a climate-controlled unit.
Follow these tips to ensure your items are stored properly, and to get the most value out of your storage unit:
- Position your items in the order in which you will use them. Store your frequently used items in the front of the unit,
and create a center aisle between all items for easy access to the rest.
- Place boxes on pallets or skids to allow air to pass around and under items when using conventional storage.
- Save space by removing external pieces of furniture and appliances, such as table legs, before storing.
Place dressers and tables top-to-top, when possible.
- Pack blankets, draperies and other clothing in wardrobe boxes.
- Place photographs between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together to eliminate curling over time.
- Drain gasoline and oil from small engines of lawn mowers and other appliances.
- Store outdoor lawn equipment, such as shovels, hoes and rakes, in trash cans.
- Cover mattresses and store flat on level surfaces.
- Postpone rust when using conventional storage by wiping metal surfaces with a few drops of machine oil.
When determining what items to store in your unit, common sense and state law can often make the decision easy. Perishables, liquids and other items that need a controlled environment should never be stored in your unit. Ask your facility manager for a list of items that are prohibited, and other storage regulations, before storing any potentially dangerous items.
In addition, be sure to secure your unit with a high-quality disc lock to protect your valuables; some facilities may even offer units with built-in cylinder locks for added security and convenience. Select a facility that also has video surveillance and other security features, such as individual door alarms, to give you peace of mind that you and your belongings are always safe.