Storage Tips

  • 01Choose good quality durable boxes preferably the same size for ease of stacking. Be sure to label each box for easy reference.
  • 02Place boxes containing clothing and paper products (books & documents) on pallets rather than directly on the concrete floor of the unit, away from moisture. Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.
  • 03To prevent unsteady columns, do not overfill boxes. If a box or container is not full, use light weight material such as packing popcorn or newsprint to fill the remainder of the box. Boxes can be stacked on and inside large appliances.
  • 04If you plan on accessing your unit often, consider a free standing shelving unit of some kind. Be sure to place the items that you need most often at the front of your unit.
  • 05When storing household furniture, tape any loose legs or hardware to the item to avoid loss or misplacement.
  • 06Tools with long handles such as shovels or rakes store easily in clean garbage cans.
  • 07For refrigerators and freezers, make sure that they are clean and dry before storing them. Prop open the door or lid to avoid mold and musty odors. Add a box of baking soda.
  • 08Store sofas (except pull-outs) on end to maximize space. Tie down the bed mechanism on a pull out sofa before moving it.
  • 09When storing bicycles, loosen the handlebars and turn them so they are in line with the bicycle frame to save space. Cover the chain and pedals to avoid any grease stains on other stored items.
  • 10Store what you may need next season at the front of the unit.
  • 11Remember to drain gasoline from any equipment before storing. DO NOT store any flammable or combustible materials or any perishables, especially food.
  • 12If you need access to your unit on a regular basis, consider renting space that is slightly larger than what you require. This will give you easy access to stored items that are at the rear of the unit.