When loading your storage unit, it is crucial that you keep in mind what you are storing and what you might want access to throughout the duration of your lease. It’s also important to take measures and precautions to help protect them during their time in storage.
- Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp with condensation.
- Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit.
- If you will be visiting your storage often, allow for 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 unit as they can cause water damage, mold, and mildew.
- Cover stuffed furniture with covers to protect against dust. Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save storage room. Stand sofas (except sleeper models) on end wherever possible to maximize space.
- Cushions should be wrapped and placed on top of vertically-stored couches.
- Don’t stack items on soft furniture or the cushions may become crushed.
- Mattresses are best stored on their long end and ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting. Be sure to securely “prop” them upright so they stand straight and avoid 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” with condensation.
- 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:
- Personal papers, medical records, and family history records
- 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
- Jewelry (except for costume jewelry) or furs
- Stamp or coin collections
- Irreplaceable photos
- Irreplaceable items
The following items are absolutely prohibited to be stored at any of our storage facilities:
- Flammable materials such as paint, thinners, varnish, gasoline, kerosene, oil, bottled or pressurized gas such as propane, and aerosol cans
- Nail polish and remover
- Ammunition and explosives
- Cleaning fluids and detergents
- Food items and perishables that could attract rodents or pests
Rent Your Storage Unit with Arizona Self Storage Today
When you’re ready to move into an affordable, hassle-free storage unit, take these storage and packing tips, round up your belongings, and head over to an Arizona Self Storage facility near you. Whether you’re downsizing into an apartment or moving across the country, we’re here to help with our variety of storage unit sizes and convenient storage features. Tackle your next move and rent a storage unit with Arizona Self Storage today!