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Storage Tips

Storage Tips


Place covers on mattresses to keep clean during moving and storage. Disassemble beds and mark the pieces so that they are easy to put back together and mark which pieces are the master bed vs. the guest bedroom and so on. Lash bed rails together with shrink wrap. Don’t use tape as it may leave a residue or damage the finish when you try to remove it. Place the nuts, bolts and screws in a small zip lock bag and label appropriately.


When you disassemble electronics such as computers and stereos (items that have numerous cables), place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes. If possible, use the original packing for electronic items.

Wood Furniture

Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture spray before storing it in the facility to give it some added protection. Wrap with moving blankets to protect from dings and scratches during the moving process.

Upholstered Furniture

Wrap with protective wrap or use dust cover to minimize dust, staining and damage.

Refrigerators & Freezers

Unplug and tape electric cord to the back. Disconnect ice maker from water line and drain in advance. Failure to defrost the freezer could result in water damage to your other stored property. Thoroughly clean and dry all interior surfaces to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Shelves should be either secured in place or detached and wrapped. Secure doors during move, but prop slightly open before leaving in storage with a drop cloth to prevent getting dusty.

Washing Machines

All hoses should be disconnected and drained. If you elect to place hoses in the tub or drum, be sure to wrap the metal couplings with cloth or paper to avoid damage to the tub’s surface which could result from bouncing or vibration. The electric cord should be unplugged and taped to the back. The washer drum should be secured (see the Instruction Manual for specifics).


Dryers should have the vent hose removed and containerized. The electric cord should be taped to the back. Clean the lint trap. Gas dryers need special care to avoid damaging the flexible gas line. Be sure to turn off the gas supply before disconnecting the flex line from the dryer!


Remove furniture legs if possible, and wrap in bubble wrap. Place the screws and hardware from the table in a plastic bag and attach it to the leg or the bottom of the table top with stretch wrap or tape (if securing to an unfinished surface). If a table has extra leaves wrap them in padding and bundle them together with stretch wrap.


Label boxes with essential items you need to easily access during storage and immediately after move. Label the boxes in order of unpacking priority. For example, Kitchen #1 would indicate that the box is for the Kitchen and needs to be unpacked first. The less essential items would be in a box labeled kitchen #2, #3 and so on. Keep a list with box numbers, general description of contents and indicate the room from which it came or which it will go in your new home. Use different colored dot stickers for each room to help placement.

Packing Tips

Electrical Equipment

Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If this isn’t possible, pack them into boxes that are about the right size making sure that you pack gaps with padding. Never use packing peanuts with computers or other items sensitive to static electricity.


Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines. Use only small “Book boxes” to pack books. Don’t pack too many books into a box. They are very heavy.

Fragile Items

All fragile or delicate items should be wrapped individually in paper, bubble wrap or foam wrap for added protection and to avoid touching other items. Paper will do but bubble wrap is a good investment. Mark “Fragile” on the box.


Most damage to dishes is due to improper packing. It’s best to use dish packs with foam sleeves designed specifically to protect the dish during transit and storage. Bubble wrap or clean newsprint can also be used. Never allow a glass item to touch another glass item.


Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection. Remove shade, bulb and harp assembly. Wrap the bulb in bubble wrap. Wrap and securely box all parts of the lamp. The lampshade should be alone in a box that is very close in size to the shade as possible. Do not add other items to the box to prevent damage to the shade.

Mirrors & Pictures

For the best protection, framed pictures and mirrors can be stored in specially made cardboard boxes. If you aren’t boxing them be sure to wrap in a protective covering such as bubble wrap and stack them on their ends. Mirrors and pictures should never be stored flat.

Loading Your Unit

There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. First, make sure that you can easily access the items you’ve stored in the facility when you want them. Second, you must take care when storing - these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.

  • Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  • Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit.
  • If you will be visiting your storage allow for walk-ways. Leave a walkway to the back of the storage space for easy access.
  • Avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones.
  • Do not store wet items in a self-storage facility as they can cause water damage, mold and mildew. Store your largest items first.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover to protect against dust. Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space. Stand sofas (except sleeper models) on end wherever possible to maximize space.
  • Cushions should be wrapped and placed on top.
  • Don’t stack items on soft furniture or the cushions may become crushed.
  • Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting. Be sure to securely “prop” them up so they stand straight to avoid them bending out of shape or becoming lumpy.
  • Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space.
  • If you’re stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.
  • Try not to lean items against exterior walls that may sweat.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be bundled together with shrink/stretch wrap or stored together in empty trash cans.
What Not To Store

For your personal protection and security, we recommend that the following not be stored. These items should be kept with you or secured in a safe deposit box or bonded storage area:

  • Cash
  • Personal Papers
  • Documents pertaining to the move
  • Financial papers and assets (bank checks, insurance policies, stock certificates, etc.)
  • Legal documents such as Deeds
  • Wills passports or other such valuable papers
  • Securities
  • Jewelry (except for costume jewelry)
  • Prescriptions
  • Furs
  • Stamp or coin collections
  • Irreplaceable photos
  • Medical and family history records
  • Irreplaceable items

Prohibited Items

The following items are absolutely prohibited to be stored at any of our storage facilities:

  • Flammable materials such as paint
  • Varnish
  • Thinners
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene and oil
  • Bottled gas
  • Aerosol cans
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Ammunition and explosives
  • Corrosives
  • Cleaning fluids and detergents
  • Do not store food items which could attract rodents or pests