Household storage provides a solution to a number of self storage needs including: moving, remodeling, making room for the in-laws, ancillary storage for apartment and small studio dwellers, and more! Our storage facilities offer storage units that can be utilized for all of your household storage needs!
Renting the Correct Storage Unit
Before deciding to rent a storage unit, take an assessment of the items you need to store. For example, if you have a 6-room house, go through each room and determine which items you want to store in the unit and which items you want to get rid of. Include in your assessment both indoor and outdoor areas. Tell us the amount of rooms you need to store and we will tell you the appropriate size unit you will need to rent. It is best to rent a unit that is a little bit bigger than the items you need to store.
Sketch Out a Placement Layout
After you have rented your storage unit, sketch out where to place items in your unit. Divide the space into two divisions–furniture and boxes. As you are sketching, place large furniture in the back of the unit and smaller items in the front. Include at least one path for getting around the unit. Sketch an area for odd-shaped boxes and items. If you have a lot of outdoor equipment, make sure you include ample space for those items.
If you haven’t done so already, label any boxes with the name of the contents. Use large block letters and make sure the label is visible on at least two sides. Tape all boxes securely. Also, make large signs to hang in your storage unit labeling each area. Example: “Furniture,” “Boxes” and “Misc.”
When you are moving items into your unit, place the furniture inside first, outdoor items next and then the boxes. Follow your sketch and remember to keep a path for walking around the unit. Stack large boxes on the bottom and move up in a “pyramid” formation. Bring along a broom and dust pan to clean up the unit after you have moved in your items. Once done, lock up your unit.
- Start Fresh. The best weapon against permanent stains and moths? Ultra-clean clothing, Oils of any kind, even perfume residue, can settle into fabrics and attract pests, so launder every item you plan to store. Ironing is optional but skip the starch, which can turn fabrics brittle over time.
- Pick the right container! Consider storing summer clothes in suitcases. Find affordable ones at flea markets or discount stores. They’re more breathable than plastic bins and don’t attract insects, like the glue in cardboard boxes can. Prefer to use the cedar chest? Make sure to lightly sand it every year to reactivate its ability to remain moth repellent.
- Peel off the plastic Had your favorite summer dress dry cleaned? Before storing , take it out of the dry cleaners plastic bag which can promote moisture.
- Pack strategically, reduce wrinkling by placing the heaviest items on the bottom of your suitcase, box or bin. Use layers of tissue paper or clean pillowcases to separate delicate items.
- Remove jewelry. Take off metal belts and brooches to prevent ugly oxidation stains.
Storing A Vehicle
Have you decided to put your car into storage for the winter months or for an extended period of time? Yet you also want to be able to get it back onto the road and find it in the same condition as when it went into storage? Take the time to prepare your vehicle for storage and you will be back on the road in no time.
We have indoor and outdoor space available for vehicle storage. Our 10×20 space will accommodate passenger vehicles and light trucks. The 5×10 space will store a motorcycle with the accessories. The outdoor space available is nearly 2 acres of gravel open area. We can accommodate any size vehicle, boat, camper etc..
- Use furniture drawers for delicate items and specially wrap and label them as “FRAGILE”. Bubble wrap and packing paper are excellent for these purposes.
- When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to prevent collapsing when stacked.
- Be careful not to store anything combustible, (such as paint and chemicals), or perishable, (such as food that is not permanently sealed).
- When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage to avoid corrosive damage.
- Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
- When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes. Remember to label these boxes “FRAGILE”.
- Store furniture carefully on boards or pallets.
- Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
- Larger appliances, such as stoves or refrigerators, provide additional space for storing towels, blankets, etc.
- Break down items such as table legs, and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
- Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.When storing business files and inventory, label all boxes and construct aisles so files are easily seen and accessible
- Self Storage is a convenient, safe, and inexpensive way to store your belongings. Proper planning will make for an efficient and cost effective storage experience. If you plan or need to frequently use the space, a larger space may be more convenient than one packed to capacity
- Plan your storage space. Place items in front that will be accessed frequently. Allow for walkways.
- Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
- Try to place your boxes in uniform sizes. They are much easier to stack that way
- There are prohibited storage goods that every storage facility will NOT allow. Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. See your contract.
- Label ALL boxes for easy identification
- Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow for ventilation.
- Pack your boxes and other items as close together as possible to avoid moisture accumulating between them.
- Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
- List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, seal with masking tape or glued paper tape.
- Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in dish pack boxes. We have a supply of these dish pack boxes on hand. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Nest cups and bowls. Stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Fill all pockets with packing material. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware. Stack these boxes on top.
- Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. We have wardrobe style cardboard cartons which help protect your clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage to avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
- Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end. Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for knickknacks, china, silverware and small items. Wrap in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
- A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
- Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected. To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
- Pack books flat to protect their spines.