Over the years we tend to accumulate more and more “stuff,” and over time, the four walls of the home begin to bust at the seams. Suddenly we look around and realize that we need a place to store our belongings. Locktite Storage has 8 really useful storage tips and tricks for how to store your items and keep them protected so you can enjoy your belongings when it’s time to take them out.
1. Pallets, Pallets, Pallets
Keeping your items off the floor is almost essential. It might sound silly but before renting your unit there’s no way to promise that precipitation won’t come under the door or the adjacent storage unit won’t have an accidental spill that soaks its way into your heirloom sofa. Don’t take that chance. When your items are up and off of the floor and on a pallet, you’re also helping to encourage air flow which is always a good thing.
2. Wrap What You Can
It is always a good idea to wrap what you can in industrial plastic wrap. That way you know your personal belongings are sealed up tight and won’t collect dust or creepy crawlies. Check out Uline for easy ordering of large plastic rolls.
3. Use A Hefty Small Lock
You’ll want an all-weather padlock that has a short arm to ensure a bolt cutter can’t slide its way in! With Locktite Storage, we provide all of our self-storage customers with a complimentary rust-free all weather disc lock.
4. Label, Label, Label
Even though you know exactly what you’re putting in your storage unit at the time you open it, that doesn’t mean in 6 months when you need back in that you won’t be digging for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you’re after. Label everything including the hidden and the obvious. You can even go as far as to make a checklist that hangs inside the door telling you where something might be (ex. back right corner under the desk = cameras to sell on eBay).
5. Plan For Temperature Changes
You might have a few things that don’t like the cold or the heat and should either be double wrapped or well insulated or not stored at all. Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (if humid), etc. all come out a little less awesome when not stored properly. At Locktite Storage we offer interior dehumidified storage units, adding an extra layer of protection for the items you value most.
6. Monitor Weather Conditions
No matter where you live the weather can go from one extreme to another in a few short hours. It can be 70 degrees one day, and an arctic front goes through overnight creating icy conditions the next. Planning ahead is always helpful, especially when you are carrying heavy items between your vehicle and storage unit. Please consider grippy shoes, gloves, or even kitty litter for more freeze prone areas.
7. Protect Your Storage Space
While you’re concerned about protecting what you put in the unit, protecting the unit itself is also important. Whether you rent business storage or simply need extra space for your household furniture, consider lining the walls with plastic sheets or collapsed boxes to protect both your items and the walls from scratches.
8. Bust Out Your Tetris Skills
Even small storage units can hold a great deal, just make sure you use the space wisely which means packing things all the way to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as you’re stacking it up, up and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe. It is also wise to plan ahead with what you load first and last into the unit. If you know you will be accessing certain items more frequently, you will want to put those in closer to the door (put them in last). You might also find it helpful to create an aisle down the middle of the unit to the back so you will be able to gain access to everything in your storage unit.
By planning ahead and following the self-storage tips and tricks above, you’ll be able to protect your belongings and get the most out of your storage unit. Still have questions? Just ask one of our self-storage experts.