Storage tips

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Preparation and smart packing are essential to keeping your stored possessions in good shape while helping you maximize space in your storage room.

Packing for storage

  • Have blankets, draperies, and out-of-season clothing clean and ready to be packed on a hanger or wardrobe box.
  • Pack books flat, not standing on end (which may cause damage to the spines). Books are extremely heavy, so don't pack too many in one box.
  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
  • Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
  • Don't overpack boxes. Overfilled boxes will rupture and topple when stacked.
  • Heat-sensitive goods such as videotapes, albums, photographs and wood furniture are best stored in a climate-controlled storage room.
  • Clean and dry your appliances. Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar and use the space inside for additional storage.

Fill your storage space

  • If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and disassemble to conserve storage space.
  • Use shelving to take full advantage of the storage space.
  • Store couches on end (except sofa beds).
  • When packing your storage room, create a center aisle for access to all items.
  • Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.