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Self Storage Tips

Planning the move and storage of your items is the biggest and most stressful part of the process. It is important that you spend a little time planning ahead.

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Make the most of your unit

  • Don’t cram your unit – choose a space that leaves a walkway
  • Place frequently used items near the door
  • Fill all storage containers to capacity to avoid tipping or collapsing
  • Store couches – with the exception of sofa beds – against the wall to maximize space
  • Place fragile items close to the top
  • Maximize your space by using vertical storage, like shelving

Moving Tips

  • Disassemble large items an easier move
  • Keep parts together by placing them in a bag and attaching them the the item
  • Read your contract and familiarize yourself with access, usage, and payment rules
  • Label your containers and indicate which are fragile
  • Keep a list of your containers for easy reference
  • Review your homeowners insurance, and consider the need for tenants insurance
  • Wrap pictures and mirrors with paper pads or mirror boxes – never store them flat
Labelled boxes, clear totes and various moving materials for storage at UltraStor.
Moving boxes surround a bubble-wrapped chair and a table with a lamp.

Packing Tips

  • Only use strong, stackable containers
  • Use pallets to keep contents off the floor
  • Pack heavier items in small boxes for easy lifting
  • Put heavy boxes on the bottom and light boxes on top
  • Use special boxes for fragile items
  • Take advantage of space inside dressers and wardrobes to store boxes and other items
  • Stand mattresses on their end
  • Clean all items thoroughly before packing
  • Protect furniture legs with blankets and shrink-wrap, or pads, to prevent damage
  • Drain any fluids before storing lawn mowers, snow blowers, and other equipment

Other Storage Tips

  • Appliances: Ensure that all refrigerators and freezers are completely dry and store them with the door ajar to allow for air circulation
  • Bedding and linens: Hang them in your wardrobe or store them in dresser drawers, along with blankets, drapes, and pillows
  • Mattresses: Keep them in special mattress bags or old mattress covers to keep them clean when moving and storing
  • Chairs: Invert chairs (seat-to-seat) to fit small and light items between the legs
  • China and glassware: Wrap them individually with cushioning and stack them on edge
Open moving box filled with white tissue and white dishes in an UltraStor unit.
Two brightly-lit hallways, filled with rows of storage lockers at UltraStor.

Storage Don’ts

Never keep the following items in storage, as they pose a risk to others:

  • Hazardous, flammable, or explosive material storage
  • Pets
  • Plants
  • Firearms
  • Drugs or stolen property

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