When it comes to storage, knowing the proper preparation and packing methods can save you a lot of time and effort. At Sixth Street Self Storage, we understand that this is also more likely to make you a satisfied customer. Check out the helpful storage tips below.
Important Tips for All Our Clients
Boxes and Containers
Use boxes that are appropriately sized to maximize space efficiency and item protection.
Apply a content label to each box for easy identification and note if there are any necessary handling requirements (fragile, this side up, etc.).
Tape container seams and openings to keep out dust and insects.
Pack heavier items in smaller boxes to prevent damage to the box while it's being stored and handled.
Packing materials such as boxes, tape, and bubble wrap, are all available on-site.
Fill boxes to the top with space-packing materials.
Wrap fragile items individually within boxes.
Don't use newspaper as a packing material with any items that could be stained by the ink.
Pack items such as vinyl records, mirrors, and boards on their edges to prevent warping.
Wrap furniture legs or bases in bubble wrap to help prevent scratches and scuffs.
Clean and dry off materials completely. Consider using plastic sheeting to prevent debris accumulation.
Prepare items that are at risk of rusting with appropriate preservation agents, such as machine oil.
Drain oil, gas or any other fluids from equipment or appliances before you store them (lawnmowers, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.).
Leave doors of refrigerators, freezers, and other appliances slightly open so any moisture can evaporate.
Packing Your Unit
To select the right unit size, estimate the amount of space your boxes and containers will take up, not just the space their contents will occupy.
Store smaller items in available spaces inside furniture and appliances (in empty drawers, inside refrigerators and ovens, etc.).
Put frequently accessed items near the opening of your storage unit for faster and easier retrieval.
Consider leaving extra space for a walkway down the middle of your storage unit.
Place the heaviest boxes closer to the ground with lighter boxes stacked on top.
When possible, break down larger items like tables, bookshelves, and bed frames and keep any removed parts in a bag or container attached directly to the item.
Do Not Store
Flammable, perishable or chemically unstable materials
Hazardous or combustible items
Items prone to damage caused by wide fluctuations in temperature and humidity (such as furniture or musical instruments with fine wood)
If you have any questions about the tips listed above or would like to reserve a storage unit, please give us a call at 308-236-6633.