Storage Tips

Answering Self-Storage Questions for Resident and Businesses in Louisiana, Central Ohio, and Indiana

Fill containers and moving boxes to capacity, and be mindful of the weight.

  • Partially full of bulging boxes may tip or collapse
  • Protect your fragile pieces with plenty of bubble wrap or packing paper and place them near the top of your storage space
  • Pack heavy items in smaller boxes for easier lifting

Start by listing all the items you’re going to store and their approximates sizes. Also, gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers or shelving you intend to use in your storage unit.

Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor before placing furniture. If possible, stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and 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 dust cover, such as a bed sheet, over your furniture.

Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes. Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither overpack nor underpack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubblewrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.

Clearly label boxes so you know their contents, and keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.

Wrap large lamp bases in padding and wrap smaller lamps completely before placing them in boxes. Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. You can purchase unprinted wrapping paper, foam wrap or bubble wrap at our location to help protect delicate items. Do not store heavy items on top of cartons containing lamps or lampshades.

Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to prevent rust. Long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.

Make a timeline leading up to moving day for cleaning out, labeling, and organizing your life before you move. Take a little time each week or day to check off the list, one room or closet at a time.

Taking time to carefully load your storage space will ensure the best results for your belongings.

Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit. When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.

  • Buy packing supplies
  • Start packing boxes as soon as possible
  • Send address change cards
  • Get copy of school records
  • Have clothing dry cleaned
  • Check on items in repair shops
  • Notify utilities and telephone companies
  • Set a date for utility disconnection and hookup
  • Return borrowed items and things you’ve lent out

Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Boxes of the same size make for easy stacking.

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.

  • Discard all flammables, such as paint and gasoline
  • Finish packing. Leave out items for moving day
  • Empty and defrost refrigerator and freezer
  • Have everything packed, except bedding
  • Pick up ice and beverages
  • Strip beds. Cover mattresses with mattress bags unless they are going in storage
  • Turn water and lights off
  • Lock windows and doors

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