Helpful hints to make the packing and storing of your belongings at Store it Rite the best choice!
Storing and packing just got easier! Here are a few helpful storage tips....
Chairs & Sofas:
- When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to prevent collapsing when stacked.
- Be careful not to store anything flammable (such as paint and chemicals) or perishable (such as food).
- When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage.
- Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
- Always use high quality locks on your unit. Store it Rite sells locks on-site; as well as all your packing supply needs.
- When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, and utilize dehumidifiers to prevent mildew build up. Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items.
- Store furniture carefully on boards, pallets moving pads to keep items off the floor of the unit.
- Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces.
- Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
- When storing business files, label all boxes and construct aisles so files are easily seen and accessible.
- Clean furniture, boxes and the storage unit of all food and perishables
- Don't forget to use valuable space inside drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items: towels, linens, toys, etc.
- Break down large items such as bed frames, tables, and large furniture, and don't forget to keep all parts (screws and smaller items) together by taping them to the item.
- Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching.
- Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes. Be sure not to over pack boxes as they can get heavy and dangerous.
- Place frequently accessed items towards the front of your unit. Less frequently needed items should be placed toward the rear of your unit.
- Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.
- When storing business files, leave a walkway down the center of your unit to make accessing items easier.
- Vacuum-sealed bags work really well for draperies, bedding, and clothing.
- Drain any fluids prior to storing snow blowers, lawnmowers, and other equipment; Do not store hazardous or combustible materials.
- Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the unit full.
- A box for everything and everything in a box is the best protection for your goods. Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total unit space.
- Insure your goods while in storage. Ask the manager about self storage insurance. We cannot be responsible for loss from fire or theft.
- Keep a list of all items put into storage as well as pictures and descriptions.
Wrap your chair legs in bubble wrap or packing paper to protect them. Use furniture pads to cover chairs and sofas and secure with packing tape. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs or sofas or wrap them in heavy duty packing plastic.
If at all possible, remove the legs or central bases from large tables. Extra leaves should be padded individually and then wrapped together with packing tape or cord.
Secure all bed rails together with packing tape, cord or rope. When disassembling beds, be sure to label all pieces with masking tape and a felt marker for easy reassembly. Keep all hardware in marked zip lock plastic storage bag and secure with tape to the bed rails to avoid losing them. Use heavy-duty plastic mattresses covers to keep them clean, dry and damage free when moving or in storage.
Be sure to tape appliance doors shut when moving and wedge them open or remove the doors while in storage. Secure any movable parts with paper, bubble wrap or cardboard wedge. It’s best to wrap packing paper of bubble wrap around each individual item for added protection. And remember that refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers can be effectively utilized for additional bedding, towels and clothing. And remember to clean your stove before moving or storing it.
Dishes & Glasses:
Be mindful when packing dishes and glasses. It’s important to wrap individual plates and glasses with packing tissue and separate them with sheets of bubble to cushion them. Fill the remainder of the box carton with crumpled packing paper to avoid shifting in transport. And remember to you’re your boxes under 30 pounds for easy handling. Especially with fragile items.
Books can get really heavy when packing them. Use smaller cartons or boxes when packing them to avoid this. And remember the under 30 lb. rule for easy lifting and carrying. Line your book boxes with garbage bag liners to keep them cleaner and any empty spaces with packing paper or bubble wrap to avoid shifting while carrying.
It’s best to pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding to avoid crushing. You can use pillows inside and out to assist in preventing this. Lamp bases can be packed securely in dresser drawers, washing machines or freezers and further padded with blankets, towels or pillows for safety. Remember to tell your movers these items are inside appliances.
Mirrors and Paintings:
Wrap your mirrors and paintings in bubble wrap and clearly label them as fragile or containing glass. In transport or storage make sure to stand them on edge. Never transport or store a mirror or painting laying flat.