Storage and Packing

 

STORAGE TIPS

SELECTING A STORAGE SPACE

Self Storage is a convenient, safe, and inexpensive way to store your belongings. Ask the storage consultant to help you choose a space that fits your needs because rental of a storage space is determined by the total size of the items being stored. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a large space, well organized, may be more convenient.

 

STORAGE SPACE RENTAL AGREEMENT

For your protection, a storage facility provides a written agreement. Read it thoroughly and ask the storage consultant to answer your questions. Make note of your payment date to see if the agreement covers prorated rental periods. A rental agreement is a binding contract stating the duties and obligation of you and the storage operator. If you change your address or phone number, be sure to notify the storage facility in writing.

 

INSURE YOUR STORED PROPERTY

Self storage customers rent space and store their property at their sole risk. Your goods are not insured by the storage facility. If you do not have insurance, ask your facility consultant if they have insurance information. Don't assume that your home owners or tenants insurance covers your belongings.

 

 

PROHIBITED STORAGE GOODS

Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to you storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage.

 

INSPECT YOUR STORAGE SPACE

The space should be clean with a door in good working order.

 

DETERMINE THE PACKING ACCESSORIES YOU NEED

Paper, bubble wrap, tape, permanent ink marker, rope, drop clothes, polyurethane sheeting, furniture covers, pallets, skids, dehumidifiers, file containers, storage boxes and a lock to secure your unit. Some or all of these items may be for sale in the rental office.

 

FILL CONTAINERS TO CAPACITY

Partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Protect your fragile goods with packing materials and place them near the top of your storage space.

 

LABEL BOXES AND KEEP A LIST

Keep a list of labeled boxes at your office and make a full inventory of your stored goods for easy reference when you need to locate them.

 

PACK THE STORAGE SPACE CAREFULLY

Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Place a pallet on concrete floors and do not lean items against walls. Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height and place frequently used goods near the door.

 

 

PACKING TIPS

APPLIANCES:

A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.

 

BICYCLES, TOOLS AND OTHER METAL ITEMS:

To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil. Long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.

 

BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS:

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing materials (bubble wrap, newspaper) to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload them.

 

BEDDING, CLOTHING, CURTAINS, DRAPES AND LINENS:

Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. Some facilities sell wardrobe style cardboard cartons, which help protect your clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.

 

DISHES AND GLASSWARE:

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all empty pockets with packing. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.

 

FURNITURE:

Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (e.g. a bedsheet) dst cover on your furniture. Some facilities sell covers for your convenience.

 

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS:

Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing material or newspaper. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing material.

 

LAMPS:

Wrap large lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps and place them in boxes, and pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newspaper to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.

 

MIRROR, WINDOWS, AND SCREENS:

These items should be stored upright, not flat.

 

CD’S, TAPES, RECORDS AND PHONOGRAPHS:

CDs, tapes and records should be stored on edge to prevent warping. When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to prevent damage.

                                                                      


SPACE ESTIMATOR

 

The Self Storage Space Estimator is used to help select the right size for you. The term Cube used in the Self Storage Space Estimator is the cubic feet that an article will normally occupy. In an effort to help you determine what space size you need, inventory your goods using the space calculator and simply follow the steps below.

 

Bedroom

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Bed, Waterbed Base 10  
  Bed, Rollaway 20  
  Bed, Single/Hollywood 40  
  Bed, Double 60  
  Bed, Queen 65  
  Bed, King 70  
  Bed, Bunk (Set 2) 70  
  Chair, Arm/Rocker 15  
  Chair, Stuffed 25  
  Chest, Bachelor 12  
  Chest, Cedar 15  
  Clothes Basket/ Hamper 3  
  Desk, Small 22  
  Dresser, Vanity and Bench 23  
  Dresser, Single 30  
  Dresser, Double 40  
  Dresser, Triple 50  
  Night Table 5  
  Rug or Pad, 10’x12’ 10  
  Rug or Pad, 5’x8’ 6  
  Wardrobe, Small, 36”x60”x18” 25  
  Wardrobe, Large, 48”x78”x24” 50  

 

Living Room

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Bar, Portable Bench 15  
  Bookcase 15”x24”x72” 20  
  Cabinet, Curio 10  
  Chair, Straight 5  
  Chair, Arm 10  
  Chair, Rocker 12  
  Chair, Occasional 15  
  Chair, Overstuffed 25  
  Chest, Cedar 15  
  Clock, Grandfather 20  
  Coat Tree 6  
  Day Bed 30  
  Desk, Small 22  
  Desk, Secretary 35  
  Entertainment Ctr. 48”x60”x24” 40  
  Fireplace Equipment 3  
  Footstool 2  
  Home Theater, 4 pcs, 6 spkrs. 20  
  Lamp, Floor/Pole 3  
  Magazine Rack 2  
  Rugs or Pads 12’x12’ 13  
  Rugs or Pads 5’x8’ 6  
  Sofa, Rattan/ Wicker 10  
  Sofa, Sectional, per section 30  
  Sofa, Loveseat 35  
  Sofa, 3 Cushion 50  
  Sofa, Hideaway, 4 Cush. 60  
  Stereo, Component 8  
  Tables, Drop Leaf 12  
  Tables, Coffee 5  
  Tables, End 4  
  TV, Portable 13” 3  
  TV, Table Model 27” 10  
  TV, Console 27” 15  
  TV Stand 4  
  Trunk 6  

 

Kitchen

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Breakfast Table 10  
  Chair 5  
  Kitchen Hutch 30  
  Microwave Oven 10  
  Serving Cart 15  
  Stool 3  

 

Appliances

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Air conditioner, Small 6  
  Air conditioner, Large 9  
  Dehumidifier 10  
  Dishwasher 20  
  Freezer, 10 cu. Ft. or less 30  
  Freezer, 11 to 15 cu. Ft. 45  
  Freezer, 16 to 20 cu. Ft. 60  
  Range, 20” Wide 10  
  Range, 20” Wide 15  
  Range, 36” Wide 30  
  Refrigerator, 6 cu. Ft. or less 30  
  Refrigerator, 7 to 10 cu. Ft. 45  
  Refrigerator, 11 to 15 cu. Ft. 65 65  
  Sewing Machine, Portable 3  
  Sewing Machine, Console 10  
  Trash Compactor 10  
  Vacuum Cleaner 3  
  Washing Machine 25  
  Dryer 25  

 

Nursery

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Baby Carriage, Folding 2  
  Baby Carriage, Non-Folding 8  
  Bath 2  
  Bed, Toddler 20  
  Chair, Child’s 3  
  Chair, High 5  
  Chest 12  
  Chest, Toy 5  
  Crib, Baby 10  
  Rug or Pad, 10’x12’ 10  
  Rug or Pad, 5’x8’ 6  
  Playpen, Portable 4  
  Playpen, Full-Size 10  
  Table, Child’s 5  

 

Dining Room

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Bench, 2 person 10  
  Buffet (Base) 30  
  Hutch (Top) 20  
  Cabinet, Corner 20  
  Dining Table 35  
  Chair 5  
  Server 15  
  Tea Cart 10  
  Rugs or Pads, Area 10’x12’ 10  

 

Business/ Miscellaneous

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Advertising Displays Varies  
  Bookcases 6’ 20  
  Card Table 2  
  Computer 6  
  Credenza, 6’ 2  
  Folding Chairs 2  
  Cot, Folding 8  
  Desk, Office, 72”x30” 35  
  Fan 2  
  Ironing Board 2  
  File Box (Bankers Box) 4  
  Filing Cabinet/ 2 drawer 10  
  Filing Cabinet/ 4 drawer 20  
  Filing Cabinet, Lateral/ 2drawer 28  
  Heater, Gas/ Elec. 5  
  Metal Shelves, 6’ 30  
  Power Tool 1  
  Power Tool Stand 6  
  Printer Stand 18  
  Room Panel Dividers 6’ 20  
  Suitcase 6  
  Table, Utility Varies  
  Tire w/rim 3  
  Tradeshow Display 10’x10’(3 cases) 30  
  Utility Cabinet 6’ 30  

 

Sporting Equipment

# Article Cube Total Cube
  Bar Bells (150 lbs) 3  
  Bicycle 6  
  Bowling Ball/ Bag 2  
  Canoe (14’) 70  
  Exercise Bike 6  
  Game Table 15  
  Golf Bag 5  
  Ping Pong Table 40  
  Pool Table 80  
  Row Boat, 16’ (Covered) 120  
  Sled/ 1 person 4  
  Sporting Equipment, Personal Varies  
  Sporting Equipment, Team Varies  
  Tackle Box/ Fishing Rod 3  
  Toboggan 5  
  Tricycle 4  

 

Porch & Outdoor

# Article Cube Total Cube
  BBQ Grill, Small 8  
  BBQ Grill, Large 20  
  Chairs, Folding 2  
  Chairs, Stacking (4) 6  
  Chairs, Stationary 5  
  Chaise Lounge 8  
  Garden Hose & Reel 4  
  Glider or Settee 20  
  Ladder, 6’ Step 6  
  Ladder, 8’ Metal 4  
  Ladder, Extension 16’ 8  
  Lawn Mower, Push 5  
  Lawn Mower, Riding 35  
  Lawn Mower, Cart, etc… 8  
  Outdoor Child Slide 10  
  Child Gym 20  
  Swing Set 30  
  Picnic Table 20  
  Picnic Bench 5  
  Sand Box 10  
  Table, 6’ person 10  
  Umbrella 5  
  Wheelbarrow 8