Be sure to label your boxes on multiple sides using a large permanent marker. We recommend labeling two sides and the top of your box to ensure that a box label is always visible. When choosing your label be sure to include what room the box should go in and what might be inside.
If you’re stacking items be sure to keep heavy boxes towards the bottom. Make sure your box is strong enough to hold the weight of the boxes your stacking. A weak box might mean the items inside the box are holding the weight of the stack, damaging your valuables. If a box isn’t full, it could collapse, causing your stack to shift or collapse.
When storing items, keep photographs along with your map to make it easier to recall what’s instorage and where it’s located. Often times items that are stored for long periods of time tend to be forgotten and photographs will make it easy to remember what you have in storage.
Make sure that any valuables like electronics, collectibles, and heirlooms are stored in waterproof containers. While our storage units are dry, you can never be too safe. Be sure to ask one of our storage experts about climate controlled storage units.
If you’re storing items that aren’t easily boxed like furniture, create map that shows where each item in your storage locker is located. Using grid paper helps simplify the process. Be sure to keep your map in a handy location so that you can retrieve your belongings easily.
Be sure to leave yourself a path to get all the way to the back of your storage container. It’s unsafe to crawl over items and time consuming to remove items to get to a potentially hidden box. Your path will help you make trips to your storage unit quick and productive.
Avoid storing food or other items that may attract rodents or insects. If you’re storing textiles such as clothing or bedding be sure to keep them in tightly sealed containers or plastic covers.
If you’re storing an item that uses batteries, be sure to remove them first. Batteries often corrode and can cause damage to your electronics if stored long term. The same goes for vehicles and recreational vehicles. When in doubt, be sure to ask one of our storage experts about the best practices when storing your belongings.