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Storage Tips


  1. Do keep your items and boxes off the floor of the unit.
  2. Do leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit.
  3. Do use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit
  4. Do label boxes on all sides and keep a list for easy reference. This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular.
  5. Do put heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top.
  6. Do store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
  7. Do protect your items by covering them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.
  8. Do check your unit once a month.
  9. Do disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. to save space. Wrap and label all pieces and put hardware in marked bags.
  10. Do use the original boxes to store electronics. Color code the cords and devices so you can easily locate what gets connected to what.
  11. Do clean and dry all appliances before storing them.
  12. Do leave refridgerators slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
  13. Do store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items.
  14. Do use blankets or paper in between furniture items to avoid scratching.
  15. Do store mattresses and box springs on long edges. Wrap for protection and elevate off the floor. Use two-three 2 x 4's cut to 1 ft long.
  16. Do store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.
  17. Do pack books flat to protect their spines. Do rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment to prevent rust.
  18. Do drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
  19. Do wrap collectibles or anything breakable. Label them “Fragile” or “Careful.”
  20. Do use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables.
  21. Do group similar items together.
  22. Do store clothing and draperies in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes.
  23. Do purchase insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring.
  24. Do use rubbermaid containers to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily.
  25. Do keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.
  26. Do keep out of season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.
  27. Do be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit. If you see a potential problem or anything suspicious alert the manager.


  1. Do not use plastic to cover your belongings. It retains moisture. Do not store any food items. This will prevent bugs and or rodents.
  2. Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them. Especially when you are packing books.
  3. Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Purchase the insurance.
  4. Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to any one that is not listed as having access.
  5. Do not use printed newspaper for wrapping. The ink may smudge and get on your items.
  6. Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
  7. Do not store any toxins or flammables such as paint, oil, or gasoline.

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