At Store All we realize that packing your personal items and furniture in order to move into a self storage unit can be very time consuming and frustrating. Therefore, in order to make it easier for you we have put together the following list:
BEFORE YOU START PACKING
Set up an appointment to visit us so that you can select the size unit that suits your needs.
As a rough guide, a 5’ X 8’ unit will store furniture from one bedroom or a small apartment; a 10’ X 8’ unit will store furniture from two bedrooms; and a 20’ X 8’ unit will store furniture from three bedrooms and so on. However, don’t overpack your unit, as a little extra space can give you room for a walkway through the middle of your unit for easy access to your items.
Do not forget to ask about our discounts for longer rentals or larger units. Get as many boxes that you think you will need, along with tape, markers and bubble wrap, foam chips/noodles etc. These are sold at Store All’s office and we will buy back any unused boxes. Try to use the same size of box, as they will be much easier to stack. Small or medium boxes are ideal for most of your items, and large boxes are good for items that aren’t very heavy, but they may not stand up well at the bottom of stack of boxes, and they may be difficult to remove if you need something out of them.
Before you start packing give each box a number and record it along with the contents of the box, and decide on a sequence for packing. Then decide on how you will get your items moved to our facility.
IT’S PACKING TIME
Label the boxes on as many sides as possible for easy identification.
Colour code and/or label all boxes e.g. by room or category.
Group items together that are normally associated with one another i.e. small kitchen appliances, pots and pans, cutlery and so on.
Pack fragile items carefully and fill the extra space in boxes with newspaper to prevent collapsing and to stop breakage.
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 at Store All.
Use shrink wrap to secure drawers and cabinet doors, so that they don’t slide out/open and hit you. This is sold at Store All.
Fill suitcases and bags with clothing, sheets, towels and so on.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty garbage cans. Stack extra cans inside of each other.
Do not over-pack the boxes and seal them with packing tape.
Do not pack the boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them.
Do not place sharp or heavy items on top of upholstered furniture as this may lead to damage.
When you disassemble electronics with numerous cords place a small, coloured sticker on each cord and the same colour sticker where the cord goes.
Use the inside of appliances for extra storage and leave the fridge door wedged open to provide circulation. Do not forget to clean out appliances thoroughly before storing them.
Pack books in small boxes lined with plastic and fill the empty spaces with newspaper.
Tie bed frames together and package all the small pieces together and label them.
Wrap paper around chair and legs and cover the seats with plastic.
Consider purchasing covers for your mattresses and furniture (available at Store All).
Wrap paintings and carefully and do not store them flat. Mark “FRAGILE” on them.
To prevent rust run some machine oil on metal tools, bicycles and equipment.
Pack glassware and dishes with foam or wrap with bubble wrap. At the very least wrap them with newspaper. Store All sells bubble wrap, dish pack kits and protection kits.
Pack each lamp shade in its own box with padding.
Do a basic drawing showing the location of items that you will need to find easily, and stick it to the wall of the storage unit.
Record an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place.
MAXIMIZE YOUR STORAGE SPACE AT STORE ALL
Stack boxes of equal size to shoulder height. Place heavy items at the bottom to form a stable base. Place fragile items on top.
Leave space down the centre of the unit so that all items can be accessed. Turn the boxes so that you can read the labels on them.
Please use pallets to raise your items off of the ground.
Leave a little space between the items stored and the walls of the storage unit to provide ventilation.
Place smaller, lighter items at the back of the storage unit and larger, heavier items to the front.
Place TV’s and electronics at the back of the unit on top of heavy pieces of furniture and cover them.
Place frequently used items to the front.
If possible, take apart tables and beds to save space. Tape all screws and small parts to the item.
Place couches and mattresses on end and stack chairs seat to seat to maximize space. Cover them with a dust cover.
Separate with the headboard and upright bed rails to maintain straightness. Cover mattresses with mattress covers, store them flat if possible, and elevate them off the floor.
STORE SAFELY AT STORE ALL
Use a high-quality lock on your unit door, preferable a cylindrical lock. These are available at Store All. Remember the location of the key.
Do not assume that your homeowner’s insurance will cover your items when in storage. If you confirm that it does not Store All can sell you insurance. If it’s worth storing, it’s worth insuring.
Do not give out your gate code to anyone that is not listed as having access.
Be sure to check your storage unit once a month.
If you see a potential security threat or anything suspicious please notify the office.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT PERMIT COMBUSTIBLE (LIKE PAINT, OIL OR GASOLINE) OR PERISHABLE ITEMS (LIKE FOOD) IN STORAGE!
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.
Many people are first-time renters of self-storage, so we put together a few basic tips to help you choose exactly what you need.
Determine the Correct Size Storage Unit for Your Items
Quite often renters of self-storage will make a mental estimation of the size of the unit needed, but this can often be an underestimation, which leads to problems when moving in, or an overestimation, which leads to more space than is needed i.e. wasted money. We don’t want you to pay for more space than you need, so please give us a call and tell us what you need to store, and one of our storage specialists will guide you accordingly. Alternatively, go to our web site and use our Size Estimator www.storeallbds.com/booking to get an idea of the size of storage unit that you will need.
Determine Which Location Suits You Best
Store All has two locations (Pine Commercial, St. Michael and Gibbons, Christ Church), so depending on where you live or work, you can choose the location that best suits you.
Do You Want Indoor or Drive-Up Storage?
Some people prefer indoor storage, while some like to drive right up to their storage unit. Indoor storage is only available at Pine Commercial, while drive-up storage is available at both locations. Access to the indoor storage units is 6.00 am to 8.00 pm daily, while access to the drive-up storage is 24 hours daily. Both options have advantages, and it is up to you to determine which is the better option.
Do You Need Temperature-Controlled Storage?
Temperature controlled storage is kept at approximately 25 degrees Celsius, which is ideal for fine furniture, electronics, musical equipment and heat-sensitive inventory. This storage option also provides comfort for tenants who visit their storage units often.
Are Your Items Insured?
Store All offers special tenant insurance through ICBL with a low deductible. At times your insurance company will extend your homeowner’s coverage to your units in storage, but you must check with them first, and also check the deductible as it may be nearly as much as the items in storage. Turning a blind eye to insurance of items is storage is not recommended as catastrophes can happen no matter how many precautions are taken.
Will Your Items Be Safe?
Once you lock your unit only you have access to it, and for your peace of mind we offer coded electronic access, CCTV (recording 24 hours per day), motion and smoke detectors (indoor storage), a monitored security system, a security guard at night (Pine Commercial only) and security fencing.
Do You Need Packing Supplies?
Store All offers one stop shopping for all your moving and packing supplies for your convenience. You can also buy a lock for your unit.
Who Will Move Your Items?
Although Store All doesn’t offer a moving service, freighters can be recommended who can move your items for you.
How To Pay For The Storage
You can pay Store All online through the web site, or authorize us to charge your credit card monthly. You can also pay online through CIBC First Caribbean’s or Republic Bank’s online banking websites, or give us post-dated cheques. We also have a drop-box at each location for cheque payments, or you can come into to our office and pay us with cash.
We hope this has helped, but you probably will have other questions so please call us – 429-7428.
Discarding sentimental items is much harder than discarding regular clutter, as they often bring back lots of memories. However, at times these items stop giving you joy and just take up space, and therefore must go, although it won’t be easy. Here are some tips to help.
Determine a Timeframe
This task may seem overwhelming, but there is no point getting stressed out over it. So, give yourself a generous timeframe, and break up the task into chunks so that it doesn’t overwhelm you.
Ask for Help
Sometimes sorting through sentimental items is emotionally draining, so consider asking a family member or a friend to help, and give another view of the process.
Just Make a Start
Even if you start with non-sentimental items first (to get you into the right mindset) the key is to make a start. Start with the items that you no longer value or no longer make you happy, and set them aside.
Give Sentimental Items to Family or Friends
Sometimes an item is not only sentimental to you, and it may bring happiness to a family member or a friend. Ask them if they would like the item before discarding it. This may make it easier to part with it.
Limit the Items Associated with a Memory
Sometimes you have several items from an event or a trip. Why not choose your favourite item and get rid of the rest?
Don’t Feel Bad About Getting Rid of Gifts
Quite often guilt creeps in if you want to get rid of a gift that someone has given you. However, chances are that they won’t know or notice, and if it doesn’t make you feel good any longer, it is yours to do what you like with.
Scan and Save
The cloud is a great place to save old photos, children’s artwork and other printed items. When you want to look at them, they will be easy to retrieve, without taking up precious space at your home.
Get a Designated Space for Sentimental Items
If you simply can’t part with some of the items, get a container or a box in which to store them. This will help de-clutter, but you will still have access to the items when you want to look at them.
Please remember that although this task is hard, you will create space for new memories to be made.
Musical instruments are often quite valuable and can last for years once you take good care of them. If you need to store an instrument, here are some tips to keep it safe while in your storage unit:
Take apart the instrument. If it can take it apart. If it is a stringed instrument, loosen the strings slightly so that they don’t warp the instrument, but you don’t need to remove them totally. Pianos, however, do not have to have their strings loosened, as they can withstand high pressure.
Clean the instrument well. Before you put it into your storage unit, clean the instrument thoroughly, and make sure that you clean each part of the instrument. For instruments that have padded keys, place tissue paper between the pads and the body of the instrument, which will help prevent the keys from sticking.
Pack the instrument carefully. When your instrument is clean and dry, pack it in its case. Place all the parts securely in the sections of the case designated for them. Place a sheet of acid-free paper, or clean cloth over the instrument in the case and close it securely. If you do not have the original case you should look for a replacement. Ideally the case should be hard and waterproof. Do not place any items on top of instrument cases, no matter how light they may seem.
Cover large instruments. If you are storing a large instrument like a piano, it obviously won’t be in a case. Be very careful with this type of instrument, and you may want to consider having it professionally moved. Carefully wrap the piano legs, pedals, and the bench, and make sure the piano is fully covered.
Consider temperature-controlled storage. If it is a really valuable instrument, storing it in a temperature-controlled unit may be the right thing to do, as this will eliminate any negative effects from heat and moisture.
When using self-storage, please note that there are several items that require temperature controlled storage as they are sensitive to high temperatures and humidity.
In Store All’s temperature controlled sections the temperature is maintained at 25 degrees Celsius. Items that should be stored in a temperature controlled unit are antique and leather furniture, artwork and collectibles, musical equipment, and commercial merchandise that is affected by heat.
The area is fully air conditioned and secure, and this storage option also provides comfort for tenants who visit their storage units often.
At some point some your senior family members will have to downsize their home(s), and finding a solution can be a challenge. You must be considerate and sensitive when undertaking this process.
Below are some tips to help downsize a senior loved one’s home:
1. Be respectful of possessions. It may appear to you as an unimportant object, but it may have meaning or sentimental value to your loved one. Once you show respect and ask for your loved one’s opinion he will feel much better about the change.
2. Communicate. Ask your loved one if you can dispose of an item, and make her explain why she wants to keep it, as she may try to hold onto unnecessary possessions. In any case, a discussion will help her feel heard and involved in the process of deciding what items should stay and what items need to go.
3. Identify goals and set a schedule before you begin. You must determine how many of the possessions can be kept and how many have to go. You must also set a timeline as you may have to sort through several rooms.
4. Donate items to a charitable group. Donating items to organizations like the Salvation Army can be a great solution.
5. Have a sale. If there are a lot of items, an auction sale may be a good way of getting rid of them.
6. Rent a self-storage unit. If there are items remaining that you don’t want to get rid of, consider renting a storage unit. Store All has units of all sizes from two square feet to 320 square feet, so you only pay for the space you need.
A death in the family is one of the most stressful times in your life. Self-storage can be very useful at this time giving you some breathing room until you decide what to do with all of your loved one’s possessions.
If the home of the deceased needs to be sold or rented, self-storage can be the answer to de-cluttering and also keeping the treasured belongings secure. A clutter-free house is much more likely to sell than one full of clutter.
If the property is to be rented, clearing out the belongings allows you to evaluate it, and decide if any maintenance or renovations need to be done before you rent it out.
Store All will give you peace of mind, knowing that your loved one’s sentimental possessions are safe and secure.
- First clean the mattress using upholstery cleaner, and then vacuum both sides.
- Invest in a plastic mattress cover to protect the mattress in storage. You can buy these at Store All for between $19.95 and $28.95. Secure the mattress cover with tape, and this will stop dust from getting into the fibers, even though the storage units are clean.
- If you are storing the mattress for a long period, store it flat in the storage unit, as the padding and coils can settle, and the mattress will never be the same. When storing on the ground of the storage unit, use pallets to elevate the mattress off of the ground, or store it on top of flat furniture (if available).
- Do not store anything on top of the mattress, as heavy items can damage the mattress material and may damage the coils. Gravity is not your friend.
- When the mattress arrives at its new home remove the plastic covering, sprinkle baking soda on both sides and allow it to absorb any odors, and then vacuum the mattress. Then let the mattress breathe for a few hours before you put sheets on it, and your mattress should be ready for you to enjoy.
Moving house is an extremely stressful time.
You have the stress of finding the right home for a good price, dealing with lawyers, and then moving all of your possessions and your family.
Store All can help make this more painless.
Sometimes you have to sell your home first and rent somewhere on a temporary basis, or you may need to renovate or redecorate your new house.
In either case you will need somewhere to store your furniture and other possessions, and Store All can help by providing safe, dry self-storage units that you can rent until you settle in to your new home.