The big moving or cleaning day has come and you are ready to move into your self storage unit. Certainly you have prepared for the basics, including visiting the facility, getting your unique key code for the gate and purchasing a lock for the door; but there are a couple of tips that may come as a surprise to you.
Our experienced team of self storage professionals have a ton of knowledge they have gained over the years. They’ve compiled their Greatest ten Storage tips you may not have known to help you make the most out of your storage experience.
AND THE Greatest ten ARE:
Recommendations for Storing your items in a self storage unit
1. Use dryer sheets to keep insects and spiders out. Place them in all corners and boxes particularly by the front of the unit. The sheets will also keep your items smelling fresh! (Be sure to replace the dryer sheets monthly to maximize results)
2. Use breathable materials including cardboard for storage so that moisture isn’t trapped. Never store your items in plastic bags or other airtight containers.
3. Make a passage between boxes so you can easily access your stored items. Sometimes you will need single items from the unit, with an passage, you won’t have to move all of the other boxes out!
4. Put charcoal in a pan and leave it in your unit. It will help absorb moisture.
5. Make the most use of vertical space by stacking boxes of the same size and storing couches on their side. Use shelving along the sides of your unit for even more space and organization!
6. Use mattress covers to keep mattresses and box springs dust-free. (We have them in all sizes). Or you can use 2 fitted sheets to cover the greatest and bottom to keep the dust out.
7. Leave a small space between the walls and your boxes. It prevents mold and allows for ventilation. Also use our wood pallets to keep your boxes off the floor for further ventilation.
8. While many items you store will be ambient temperature resistant, be cautious with very sensitive items like electronics. Don’t store them in extremely cold weather. Freezing temperatures can ruin electronics like flat screen TVs and can even wipe the hard drive of laptops and computers! If you remove the items in the cold, allow them to sit for 48 hours in your heated home before plugging them in to prevent plastic components from cracking.
9. Drain all fuel from leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other gas-powered machines. When storing your car, make sure the gas tank is either completely full or completely empty to avoid condensation!
10. Pack your truck in reverse from how you would like your unit packed. A little planning goes a long way!
These are just a couple of tips to get you started. Be sure to ask your Self Storage manager for more tips and tricks to make your storage experience the best it can be!