Tips on Packing & Storing
July 13th, 2021
If you choose one of our indoor climate-controlled units, you will spend less time packing your belongings for maximum protection. The climate control technology will protect your belongings from mildew and other weather-related damages. However, if you choose an outdoor unit, ask yourself if it is worth the risk to store expensive items such as electronics, instruments, leather/wooden furniture, clothing, artwork, etc. If you do decide to store these items outdoors, please extra careful with how you pack these items to prevent damage from extreme temperatures and moisture. Below are some tips on packing and storing your belongings.
- Bulky & Heavy in the back: To maximize space, if possible; disassemble bulky furniture and store vertically in the back. In front of the bulk, place larger heavy boxes. This will create a sturdy stackable base for your lighter items.
- Stack your belongings: Our units have high ceilings. Please be safe about this though. Only place light items towards the top. Step ladders come in extremely handy while packing your unit.
- Fill ‘er up: Don’t leave hollow spaces empty. Fill dressers, bookshelves, file cabinets and entertainment centers with smaller / loose items.
- Leave an aisle: This really only applies to those of you who are wanting to sort through belongings. Allow yourself some room to easily have a keep, donate or pitch pile.
- Appliances: Always store (and transport) in their natural upright position. Make sure the glass shelving in refrigerators is removed and wrapped. Washers and dishwashers need to be drained. And lastly, always keep these bigger appliances (including your microwave) cracked open when storing. This will prevent moisture / mold / mildew from happening, especially if storing outdoors.
- Electronics: Try to store in their original boxes. If you do not have the original boxes, wrap in anti-static foam. Remove ink cartridges from printers and keep connection cords organized by labeling freezer bags with their contents.
- Motorized Items: Drain the fuel, oil and other fluids to as little as possible.
- Clothing: The cleanest, worry free way to store clothing is in plastic storage bins. Vacuum Sealed bags and carboard boxes are subject to moisture when storing outdoors.
Have comments, questions, or concerns? Please do not hesitate to let us know. We would love to hear your feedback and are always here to help!