Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your valuables and keepsakes stored safely.
- Use boxes that are a uniform size, they're easier to stack (keep the heavy ones on the bottom and the light ones on top).
- On all sides of each box, write what it contains and what room it belongs. Do not write just on one side.
- Fill boxes completely to avoid collapsing. Use news print, styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap. Seal boxes completely to keep dust out.
- Furniture and Appliances
- If you're storing a refrigerator in your unit leave the door ajar. This will prevent mold from growing inside.
- Wrap your mattresses in the special bags available at any hardware store. This will prevent them from absorbing moisture and from losing shape.
- Break down furniture into smaller pieces, if possible. Take the legs off of tables, disassemble bed frames and lean them against the wall, etc.
- Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space. Stand sofas on end when possible.
- If you're putting any metal objects into storage - like lawnmowers or file cabinets - it's best to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag.
- Filling your Unit
- Leave small walkways between the boxes and furniture in your storage unit so you can easily get to the items you want without having to move anything around.
- Store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
- Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.