Storage & Packing Tips
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Before You Store
- Keep an inventory. Make a detailed list of the items in your unit, especially if you’re storing many small valuables such as collectibles or memorabilia.
- Buy a secure lock. A disc-style lock is worth the investment for security and peace of mind. They are very tamper-resistant.
- Pack carefully. All fragile items such as dishes, glassware, and so on should be wrapped in packing paper or white, unprinted newsprint and placed in special dish packing boxes for protection. (Printed newspapers can leave a stain, so they are best repurposed in another way.) Mirrors or framed artwork are best stored in crates clearly marked “Fragile” and placed on their ends.
- Pack efficiently. To make the best use of the space in your unit, pack small items into furniture drawers; soft items such as linens or clothing can be stored inside appliances. Think outside the box about how you store items within other items!
- Mark all boxes. If you’re storing lots of boxes, number and mark the contents of each one clearly, on all four sides, so you can quickly find the items you need. Transfer the numbers to your inventory sheet.
In Your Unit
- Plan your space. Put a tarp or cardboard down on the floor before you fill your unit. Make sure you leave room to walk through your unit, and be sure to put items you may want to access near the front. You might consider storing your items in a “U” shape, leaving the inside space of the “U” free so you can freely walk and access your belongings. Leave a little “breathing room” between your items and the walls of your unit.
- Stack from heavy to light. Be sure to put the heaviest boxes on the bottom for security and safety. If you have boxes containing fragile items, put them on top. You can also stack furniture if you have a large unit: if you put a large sofa on the bottom, a love seat can sit atop the sofa, and tables can go on top of the love seat.
- Disassemble furniture. You can make better use of your space if you can take some items apart: Remove legs from tables if you can, and break down bed frames; be sure to keep track of any needed hardware for re-assembly. It’s a good idea to put hardware in a plastic bag and label it for future use.
- Stand large items on their ends. If the unit in your space is at a minimum, stand sofas or other large pieces of furniture on their ends. Stack chairs seat to seat. Protect your furniture. Cover furniture—especially valuable antiques—with sheets or tarps, and be sure to wrap cushions or pillows in protective plastic.