Your Helpful Guide to Self-Storage:

  • Your renters or homeowners insurance may or may not cover items in self-storage. Why take a chance, for a small monthly charge you can insure your belongings.
  • Climate control or regular storage: Regular storage is our traditional low cost advantage with drive up access to your unit to store items not sensitive to storage and temperature.  Climate controlled storage is our premium product that is especially designed to store sensitive items such as books/paper, artwork/paintings, finer furniture, pharmaceuticals or anything else you want safely stored in a space without the risk of freeze/thaw or blistering temperatures.
  • Packing Supplies: Paper, bubble wrap, tape, rope, drop cloths, sheets, furniture covers, pallets, skids, dehumidifiers, file boxes or storage carton.  Most of these items are also available for sale in our stores.
  • Fill containers and boxes to capacity: Partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse.  Protect your fragile goods with packing and place them near the top of your storage space.
  • Labels: Keep a list of labeled boxes at your home or office for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
  • Pack Carefully: Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation.  Place a pallet on the concrete floors and do not lean items up against the walls.  Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access.  Use all the space available, including the height and place frequently used goods near the door.

SPECIFIC SELF STORAGE TIPS FOR SOME OF THE MOST COMMONLY STORED ITEMS:

  • Appliances: A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar.  Some goods can be stores inside large appliances.  Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers.  Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
  • Bicycles and Other Metal Items: To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
  • Books and Documents: Pack books flat to protect their spines.  Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption.  Use packing to fill all empty pockets in the boxes.  Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
  • Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes and Linens: Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangars.  If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens.  Some facilities sell wardrobe style cardboard cartons, which help protect your clothes.  Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
  • Dishes and Glassware: Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and the top of the boxes containing glassware.  All glass items should be individually wrapped:  nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge.  Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons.  Again, fill all pockets with packing.  Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.
  • Furniture: Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end.  Dissemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper.  If a table will not dissemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up.  Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small delicate items.  Keep upholstery off the floor.  Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables which cannot be dissembled.  Finally, place a light cotton (e.g. a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture.  All facilities sell covers for your convenience.
  • Holiday Decorations: Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments.  Pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint.  Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lines with packing paper.
  • Lamps: Wrap large lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps them place them in boxes.  Pack delicate lamp shades separately.  Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains.  Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.
  • Mirrors, Windows and Screens: These items should be stored on edges and flat.
  • Records and Photographs: Records should be stored on edges to prevent warping.  When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to prevent damage.
  • Tools: Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust.  Long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.

Packing Tips

Store America wants you to make the most of your storage space;  follow these simple tips to maximize the room in your storage unit and keep your belongings in good condition:

  • SAFETY FIRST! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.) in your storage space.
  • Make an inventory of your storage items and keep it in a safe place at your home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need access to most often in the front.
  • Create a walkway down the center of your storage space so you can easily access all of your items.
  • Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds.
  • List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
  • Stack the lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE’ and stacked on end.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
  • Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on top of the concrete floor.  Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may bend out of shape and become lumpy.
  • Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top upholstered furniture.
  • Use a good quality lock on your door.
  • Put televisions and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  • To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items may be stored.