Get as many boxes as you think you will need, along with tape, markers and bubble wrap, etc. Boxes of the same size help with stacking and accessibility. These are sold in Store All’s office and we will buy back any unused boxes.
Make an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place away from the unit. Also, consider creating a map of your items and place a copy inside the unit where you can see it.
Please use pallets to raise your items off of the ground.
Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often at the front. Allow for walkways.
Do not store anything combustible (i.e. paint thinners, gasoline, solvents, paints, etc.).
Do not store food as this encourages insects and rodents.
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 to 30 lbs. and do not over pack your boxes. Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes and try to use uniform boxes for easy stacking.
List the contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage. Use Partition/Protection Kits for china and glassware. These are sold in Store All’s office.
Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty garbage cans. Stack extra cans inside of each other.
Tables with removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Sofas and mattresses can sometimes be stored on end to save space. Always place a protective cover under the item. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top, or you can use a jumbo plastic storage bag to store them.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them straight up. They may bend out of shape and become lumpy if at an angle. Separate with the headboard and upright bed rails to maintain straightness.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Loosely cover all upholstery. If sealed include a few scented dryer sheets for freshness. Use these for linens as well.
Put TV’s and electronics at the back of the unit on top of heavy pieces of furniture and cover them.
Use a good quality lock on your unit door, preferable a cylindrical lock. Remember the location of the key.