When choosing a storage unit, factor in a little more room than your belongings take
up in order to allow space for you to walk between stacks of items. This will help you
to find what you need after you store it. Leave a little room between the walls and the
stored goods to improve ventilation.
When determining the size unit needed keep in mind the things stored in the garage,
in the attic, and any outside storage buildings.
Take a little time to plan and organize as you pack. This should make it easier to
find things in the future and less likely that anything will get damaged during a move
or while in storage.
Label boxes clearly and on more than one side. Consider providing a general
description like 'kitchen goods' and then providing a short inventory such as
'potholders, towel, aprons' so that no one opens this kitchen box when they need the
pots and pans. Be sure to mark boxes full of breakables as 'fragile'.
Fill each box completely to prevent the top or sides from crushing. Don't fill boxes too
full. This may cause them to burst. Don't make boxes too heavy to move. Use larger
boxes for lightweight items and smaller boxes for the heavy stuff. Avoid storing items
in plastic bags as they are less sturdy and could trap moisture.
Take apart items like bed frames and tables. This allows you to store them on end
which takes up less space in your storage unit. Place nuts and bolts into a ziplock
bag and tape it to the bottom so they will be there when you put it back together.
Place dressers and tables top to top with a blanket or cardboard between the tops to
Stack books. Don't stand them on end as this could damage the spines.
Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors or glass covered art. Store
framed mirrors, photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat.
Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears, and scratches.
Polish wood, treat leather items with specially made conditioner, wipe metal with
machine oil or another type of rust preventive, and clean items like clothing, blankets,
and drapery before packing. This will add a little extra protection from the elements.
Professional movers can pack a storage unit very tight utilizing every inch of space.
Be sure to keep the items you need separated from the items going into storage.
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