Storage Tips

Storage Tips

At Central Self Storage,  we have enough storage space that you can store your entire household without any hesitation. All you need to do is book an appointment with us, visit our storage facility and select your desired storage unit.

  • Large storage space
  • Well maintained units
  • 24 hour keypad access
  • Video surveillance

Central Self Storage can help you select the right size unit for your storage needs.

Plan Ahead!

It is immensely smart to make a list of the items you plan to pack for storage. Divide them up according to their size and safety factors. Make note of the particularly fragile items. The idea is to fill your boxes as much as you can so weight will be evenly distributed when stacking boxes in your new self storage unit. Half-filled boxes tend to buckle under the weight of completely filled boxes. Also remember that heavy items like tools and books need to go in smaller boxes.

Boxes, Bubble Wrap, Tape

Now you need to go about finding enough boxes of the proper size to accommodate your items to be stored. You will want 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.

Chronicle Your Items

As you are packing your boxes, make note of what is in each box, both on a separate piece of paper and by writing on the outside of the box. It might also help to number the boxes going into storage so you can find items with much greater ease. This will make items much easier to find in your self storage unit and also give you a better idea as to the overall worth of the items you are storing.

Packing Smart

Hang clothes or draperies in wardrobe boxes…the difference in protecting those items is far greater than stacking them flat in boxes. Lamps and lampshades should be packed in separate boxes and make sure they have plenty of padding. Mirrors and paintings are especially fragile and also sensitive to being broken so pad them with lots of paper and/or blankets.

Packing Tight

Finally, clean all appliances and make sure any moving parts are covered with paper and wedged so as not to move around. While appliances are being moved make sure they are taped shut. Pick up some blue painters tape from your local hardware store as it is durable and doesn’t leave behind sticky residue. So there you go! You now are deserving of Packing Wizard status. And if you need a refresher course, just ask your Urban Self Storage professional for tips.

Storage Tips

You know what it is like to keep a beautiful home – a clean house and nicely placed items can make all the difference. Avoiding clutter may top your list. Self storage is a great way to free up space at your home. It also helps when you are downsizing and making sure that your belongings are stored away using the appropriate process and the perfect packing materials. Urban Self Storage prides itself on providing the perfect sized-unit for your needs. Now all you need to know is how to fill that self storage unit.

What NOT to Store

Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored in a self storage unit. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. Are you storing a vacuum cleaner? Remember to empty out any food you may have vacuumed up. How about scented candles? Put them in a Rubbermaid container. Gas should be removed from lawn mowers before they go into storage, too.

Keep Your Photos Protected

Are you storing photos? Climate controlled facilities will help protect them against moisture and humidity. Also remember to keep them as flat as possible so they don’t curl – place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape the pieces together. Climate control also is a great idea when it comes to storing clothing, and if you are storing clothing, it will help the cause to use a wardrobe box.

The Well-Marked, Well-Placed Box

Did you number and write on the outside of each box what is on the inside? Did you create a list on a separate piece of paper? If so, using that middle aisle to get to well-marked boxes will make it immensely easier to find what you are looking for. Likewise, it will help to store items you’ll most need to find at the front of your self storage unit.

Stack Those Boxes Correctly

You may want to consider stacking items on pallets to get them off the floor and provide easier access. Also, when stacking boxes, places the larger, heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes as you move up. Try to fit your boxes and items as tightly as possible to allow yourself more free space.