Help & Information for Storage Tips
Generally, additional storage space never crosses your mind until you start running out of room. There is not much thought put into where you’re going to store your belongings because you scramble for any storage space you can find. When preparing for a big move, it is important to have everything in check for things to run smoothly. At StoreEase, we want to provide as much help as possible for a smooth process. Start making your life easier and read a few of our storage tips and tricks for additional help.
The first thing to consider when preparing for your big move is the materials needed. Begin by estimating the number of boxes you think you’ll need, packing materials (packing paper, bubble cushioning rolls), tape, markers, and so on. You will want to get brand-new boxes to be sure they are sturdy enough to hold your belongings.
It’s important to keep track of the items going into your storage unit, so creating an inventory will allow you to know what you have stored away. Once you create this list, keep it in a safe place away from your storage unit so you can go back to identify which items you may need access to in the future.
Preparing Your Space
To prepare your space, begin by measuring and estimating the packing size of everything you will store. Once you know where things will go within the unit, place furniture pads and coverings on the floor of your unit to prevent your items from being on the ground.
When you’re putting boxes into your storage unit, you’ll want to think about arranging for easy access. You can place more fragile items on top of boxes packed with heavier, sturdier items. Place items you need access to more frequently in the front of your storage unit.
Take Advantage of Extra Space
Utilizing extra space when storing your items is important to make the most of all your space. You can take advantage of furniture with drawers as a place to store smaller items. Wrap these items in packing supplies, tablecloths, or towels to prevent breakage.
Wrap Your Fragile Items
Any items prone to breaking should be protected and wrapped with packing paper in sturdy boxes. You can stack these wrapped breakables on top of each other, and the box should always be marked “FRAGILE” so everyone knows to handle them with care.
Appliances and Electronics
When you store large appliances or electronics in your storage unit, using blankets, towels, bedding, and even heavy clothing make for great protection. To prevent additional damage, place your TV and other large electronics toward the back of your unit.
You can store large furniture items such as sofas and love seats on end to save floor space. To keep your furniture neat and clean, wrap cushions in furniture covers. You should also wrap the furniture legs in covers or pads to prevent damage to those as well.
Beds and Mattresses
Mattresses can be stored in your unit very efficiently by propping them up on their sides to keep them standing straight. That way, it prevents them from becoming deformed and keeps them out of the way.
When you break down a bed frame, keep track of all the small parts and place them in a bag, attaching them to the frame.
When you store items such as bikes, tables, and tools made of metal, you must wipe them down with machine oil to prevent rust. This will help keep them looking good as new after hanging out in a storage unit for a long time.
Hazardous Items and Materials
Storing flammable, hazardous, or combustible materials is prohibited in storage units. If you store lawn mowers, snowblowers, or any other equipment, be sure to drain the fuel from the machines.
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At StoreEase, we know moving and storing items is a challenge. With these tips and tricks, we hope to ease your experience when you store your belongings with us today! Get started with your storage journey and visit our location page to find a facility near you.