Helpful Storage Tips
Planning ahead is the best way to avoid damage to your items while in storage. Make a list of packing materials needed such as boxes, bubble pack, tape, marking pens, rope, drop cloths, mattress and furniture covers, etc. Plan the use of your storage space carefully.
The items you place in Affordable Attic Self Storage spaces are the sole responsibility of you, their owner. Do not assume that these items are covered by your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. You may need to purchase extra coverage. Remember, if it’s worth storing, it’s probably worth insuring.
Plan The Use of Your Space
Pack and stack carefully. This will minimize the amount of space you’ll need and will prevent damage. Place frequently used items near the door and valuables in the rear of the unit. Pack heavy items in small boxes to make them easier to carry and place them on the bottom of stacks to prevent any damage to your belongings. Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods or use pallets, 2×4′s, plywood… anything that will keep your items off the floor of the storage unit. Leave space between your items and the unit walls. Also, plan to leave space that can be used later to access items you’ve stored.
CAUTION. It is against the law to store materials that are hazardous or combustible such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint, etc… Drain all gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats, etc. before storing them. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
Books and Documents
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
Tools, Bikes and Other Metal Items
Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles. Non-painted parts of bikes and other metal items should also be wiped down with an oil treated rag.
Dishes and Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. Ideally these items should be stored in a specifically designed dish pack box (available in the office). All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing materials. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.
Holiday Decorations and Seasonal Clothing
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper. Store holiday items and seasonal clothing close to the front of the unit or in an easily accessible area – you may be storing your items longer than expected.
Bedding, Clothing, Curtains and Drapes
Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. Wardrobe boxes may be purchased in our office. If the items are too large for a box or cannot be hung, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers, cedar chests or wardrobe style cardboard cartons along with bedding and linens. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storing. Avoid storing anything that may attract pests. If storing wool items, use cedar chips or mothballs to prevent moth damage.
Wrap large lamps and place them in boxes and pack delicate lampshades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lampshades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lampshades.
Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas on end. Disassemble tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables, which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (e.g., a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture or several types of dust covers can be purchased. It is a good idea to wax all wood furniture before storing.
Disassemble beds, store mattresses and box springs on the long end. Cover them with plastic or some type of dust cover.
Refrigerators and/or freezers should be thoroughly dry and stored with doors slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
Mirrors, Windows and Screens
These items should be stored on edge, not flat. Glass should be padded with blankets, bubble wrap, or some like padding.