Storage Tips

Before Packing:

  • Take pictures or video record everything for insurance purposes in the event of a claim.
  • Inventory all of your goods and keep the list in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Drain all washers and garden hoses
  • Clean and cover charcoal grills
  • Storing a cooler? Be sure to open all drain plugs.
  • Vacuum out sofas and chairs; this can help keep out insects and rodents.
  • Do not store anything that is labeled COMBUSTIBLE such as gasoline, paint, paint thinners, etc.

While Packing:

  • Mark “Fragile” on boxes containing breakables.
  • Pack in same size boxes when possible, for easy stacking.
  • Pack clothes in boxes, cedar scented paper garment bags or on hangers in wardrobe boxes.
  • Wrap each piece of glassware and dishes with newsprint to avoid breakage.
  • Put baking soda or unused coffee grounds in refrigerators, freezers, stoves and coolers to absorb odors.
  • Use trash cans to store garden tools such as shovels, rakes, hoses, etc.
  • Remember, moth balls add an additional layer of protection against bugs and rodents.
  • Store pictures and mirrors on end. Wrap in cardboard and mark “Fragile”.

While Storing:

  • Store frequently used items near the front of your unit and allow room for walking.
  • Store seasonal clothing in separate boxes near the front of your unit for easy access when needed.
  • Stack boxes containing lighter items and breakables on top of those containing books or other heavy items.
  • Use pallets, 2×4’s, or other slats to keep goods from direct contact with concrete floors and block walls.
    • Remove table legs when possible to save space and stand table top on end.
    • Store refrigerators and freezers with door ajar or removed. Use the shelves to store other light boxes or bags.
    • Store sofas and love seats standing on end and on pallets, if possible, to save space.
    • Remember, the lock on your unit provides the last line of defense against an intruder. The better the lock, the better your defense.