SELF STORAGE PACKING TIPS
Tips for Packing Your Storage Unit
One of the benefits of putting your belongings into storage is that you can hold into items you will want or need in the future, allowing you to have more free space at home. If you are going to the trouble of paying for storage space, then most likely you care about the condition of the items you are putting into storage. Although Moishe’s storage units are climate-controlled, safe, and clean, there are some additional steps you will want to take to secure your belongings.
Here are some tips to ensure your container is packed properly:
- Create an inventory of everything that you are putting into storage.
- Purchase a high-quality lock for the door to your unit.
- Cover mattresses, box-springs, and upholstered furniture with protective plastic sheets or blankets.
- Protect furniture, frames, and other items with sharp corners with blankets, bubble wrap, or padded paper.
- Try to pack everything into boxes because they are easy to stack. When packing boxes, place heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Pack heavy items (such as books) in smaller boxes, and lighter items (such as bedding) in bigger boxes.
- Pack boxes as densely as possible by filling them to the top with tissue paper or crumpled newspaper to prevent collapsing or shifting.
- Do not lay mirrors and pictures flat; always prop them up vertically.
- Make sure heavy appliances are clean and completely dry before packing. Store them in an area that will avoid the formation of mildew. Pack lightweight items inside the appliances carefully so that they are not hard to find when needed again. Secure any moving parts (doors, etc.) with strong industrial tape, rope, or bungee cords.
- If possible, leave small walkways between the boxes and furniture in your unit to allow for easy access.
- Under no circumstances should you put perishables, liquids, flammables, or hazardous materials in your unit.
Tips for Loading Items into Your Storage Unit
Preparation is key to properly loading your storage unit. The following is a list of tips for easier and safer loading:
- Lifting Heavy Items: Lifting heavy items improperly may cause injury to your back, shoulders, and/or arms. When lifting an item off the floor, make sure to bend at the knees and come to a squat position instead of bending over. This allows you to rely more on your leg strength to lift items therefore avoiding back injury. After you have picked up the item, hold it as close to your body as possible. The farther you extend your arms when holding an item, the more likely it is to cause injury. Also, make sure not to twist your body when lifting a heavy item as this may strain or injure muscles. Finally, if you do feel strain when lifting an object, have someone else help you to lift the object.
- Using a Dolly: Using a dolly—a hand truck used to move objects—can minimize strain and ease the process of loading a mobile storage unit. Keep the blades of the dolly centered and completely under the object when in use and make sure to walk and always keep the dolly in front of you. Also, make sure to have the object securely strapped when using the dolly. These tips will ensure you do not drop the load when using the dolly.
Preparing to Load Items
- Prepare Your Entryway: Set and secure flattened cardboard on all hardwoosurfaces where you will be moving furniture. This will prevent damage to the floors. Remove doors in the home to provide more room to move furniture. Make sure to cover walking areas with inexpensive rugs to minimize dirt accumulation and to also prevent floor damage.
- Preparing Items to Be Loaded: Disassemble and remove shelves from furniture and keep hardware in a separate place for later reassembly. Defrost refrigerators 24 to 48 hours in advance of loading them. Make sure refrigerators are clean and dry before loading to prevent leakage while in storage. Cover items with plenty of padding to prevent breaking and scratching.
- Loading Storage Items: Try not to slide heavy items on any surfaces. Sliding these items may cause severe damage to your home or the storage facility’s floors.