U-STORE-IT: Storage Tips
Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your valuables and keepsakes stored safely.
* Place your storage items on 2" x 4" boards, pallets or similar to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp. Rain can seep in. Keep your belongings off the concrete!
* Plan your storage space. Place those items that you need to get to often in the front. Allow for walkways.
* Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
* Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes. They are much easier to stack that way.
* Drain all gas and oil from engines in lawnmowers, tillers, etc.
* 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.
* Use a HIGH QUALITY lock, preferably a "disc lock", for your unit. They are much harder to break or cut keeping your valuables as safe as possible.
* Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
* Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. BE SURE they're strong enough to hold 25-30 lbs. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
* List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, seal with masking tape or glued paper tape.
* Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
* Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in dish pack boxes. Stack those on top.
* CAUTION: It is against the law to store materials that are HAZARDOUS or COMBUSTIBLE such as gasoline, solvents, paint, etc. Drain our all remaining gasoline from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, etc.
* 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.
* Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
* Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
* Tables with removable legs should be "broken down" to save space.
* Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective waterproof cover under the end on the floor. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
* Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover to protect against dust.
* If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to "prop" them up to stand straight or they may bend out of shape and become lumpy.
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