Storage Tips

IMG_1825At Safe Self Storage, we strive to make your move as stress free as possible. Below are some moving, packing, and self storage tips we thought might be helpful. Please feel free to consult with any of our team members for advice on these matters.

A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and 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. Use packing paper to fill in 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 hangers. If wardrobe boxes have not been purchased, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens.

Dishes and Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of 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 paper. Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.

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Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, 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 disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (e.g. a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture.

It might also be a good idea to wax wood furniture before storing it. Disassemble bed frames and tie them together. Use zip-lock bags to store screws and bolts and tape them to the items that they belong to. If you stack furniture items, place pads, blankets, or towels between them to prevent scratching. Take down lawn furniture and tables if possible. Store frames in back corner to prevent them from falling over on other items. Stand mattresses on end, as well as sofas with pallets or cardboard under them. It is a good idea to wrap mattresses in mattress covers.

Holiday Decorations
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.

Wrap large lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps and place them in boxes and 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.

Pictures and Mirrors
Wrap pictures that are small and stand them on end in boxes. For larger ones, buy special picture moving boxes. Consider using foam or bubble wrap.

Records should be stored on edge to prevent warping. When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to prevent damage.

Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to prevent rust due to oxidization. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.

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Keep a list of labeled boxes at your office for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.

Pack the Storage Space Carefully
Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Place a pallet on concrete floors and do not lean items against 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.

Electronic Equipment
It is a good idea to use the original boxes. If you don’t have them, pack items carefully and use cushion material. Bubble wrap, cushion foam, and even wadded up newspaper will help. Pack items separately.

Crystal, China, and Fine glassware
Consider buying boxes designed for this with dividers. Wrap each item with paper or foam. Label boxes with glass items and stack these on top. Add packing material to both the bottom and the top of the moving boxes.

Kitchen & Laundry
You can put several small appliances in a box. Be sure to put packing material between them. Label all moving boxes. It is a good idea to label boxes to indicating what room it goes in and the items it contains. You can stack pots and pans with padding in between. Bowls can be packed in a similar fashion. Always consider the weight of what you are putting in moving boxes. It is better to use 2 smaller moving boxes than one heavy one.