With self-storage, everyone has their own unique set of circumstances to consider. Below is a list of tips sharing a number of common-senserules to follow when you are planning on self-storagein the Madison, WI area – or anywhere for that matter. If you think of any additional self-storagetips, please pass them along and we‘ll make sure it‘s added to the list below.
Use pallets, plywood, or something to keep your items off the floor.
Plan how you will arrange your items to utilize all space in your storage unit.
Add shelves to help organize.
Label all boxes on all sides to save time if you are ever searching for a specific item.
Don’t overpack boxes or make them too heavy to lift. When storing always put heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Store frequently used boxes towards the front of your unit.
Cover all items with a light blanket, moving pads, or sheets for protection.
Stop by your storage unit monthly to be sure everything is in order.
Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. to save space. Wrap and label all items for reassembling them. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.
When you disassemble things having numerous cords such as computers, stereos, etc., place colored stickers on the cords and the same color sticker where the cord goes. This saves you the hassle of figuring out how to reassemble your electronics. Use the original boxes when possible to store your electronics and other items.
Make sure all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. To prevent mildew, leave appliances slightly ajar.
Store couches on end when possible. Stack chairs seat to seat. Utilize the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items. To avoid scratching when stacking furniture, use paper pads in between the items.
Store mattresses and box springs on the long edges, elevate off the floor and wrap for protection. Use two to three 2 x 4’s cut to 1 foot long.
Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.
Pack books flat to protect their spines.
Rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment to prevent rusting. Drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.
Store clothing and draperies in wardrobe boxes and on hangers to retain original shapes.
Rubbermaid containers (or containers like them) are great to store your items. They have tight-fitting lids and stack easily. Keep more valuable items in the rear of the unit to prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.
Keep out-of-season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than planned.
Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit. If you see a potential problem or anything suspicious alert the manager.