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While considering what you want to keep in your storage unit, make a list of the items you plan to store and give a copy of the list to the manager of the storage facility. A contract stating you will abide by rules and regulations including not storing certain types of items is required by most self storage facilities. A manager can clarify what can and cannot be stored, but here are some suggestions.
Storing your unused home appliances is an easy, affordable solution; here are some tips for making sure your appliances stay in great condition while stored.
When storing a clothes washer or dishwasher it is best to run a complete cleaning cycle while the unit is empty, adding a cup of bleach or vinegar instead of soap or detergent. After the cycle is complete, clean and dry the interior of the machine completely.
Cleaning the interior is especially important in refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens since food and sugar may draw bugs. Make sure to clean and dry the defrost pan in refrigerators (check underneath or behind the refrigerator). o Make sure to pay special attention to cleaning any rubber seals around appliance doors since mildew collects easily in this area. o Clean the exterior well, including any vents or intake areas. o When appliance is clean, spray it will an insect deterrent to prevent infestation.
Make sure to empty all water from tanks, hoses/tubing and any other components to help from damaging the appliance during freezing temperatures.
If the appliance has fragile pieces including glass shelves, be sure to remove them and transfer them separately to prevent damage. Be sure to mark any fragile parts as such so when you take them out of storage they will remain protected. Use blankets or bubble wrap to prevent scratching the finish or denting the outside of the appliance. Remember: refrigerators should always be transported in an upright position.
Use a sturdy tape that will not leave residue (try painter’s tape) to hold appliance doors closed while moving. When you have the unit when you want it be sure to remove the tape the prop the door open to keep from mildewing.
If storing in a region that encounters high & low temperatures, temperature swings, or high humidity areas, you may want to choose a climate controlled storage unit. This will help maintain the mechanical or electronic parts of appliances; it will also help prevent rust/fissures. o If you are storing your appliances with smaller household items it is a good idea to load your appliances on the truck last and place them in your storage unit first. This will allow you to easily place the bulky appliances at the back of the storage unit for easier access to your smaller household items at the front. o Try to avoid placing heavy, bulky items inside your appliances while they are stored as this may cause damage. o Make sure to find a way to prop the appliance door open to keep from mildewing. You may also want to place an open box of baking soda inside the appliance to help prevent odors. o Drape appliances with a breathable material like a sheet to help keep it dust free while in storage.
Ready to clean and declutter? Get the most out of your yard sale, with the help of storage!
A self storage unit is the perfect solution while trying to organize for a yard sale. An empty unit is a great place to sort through, organize and price all of your items. The storage unit will also allow you concentrate on preparing for the sale without distractions. As a bonus, if you have your sale with friends or family, you can split the cost of the storage unit which will greatly reduce the cost per person.
While you are dropping things off at your storage unit keep them sorted by categories. To help with this think of how you may see items arranged in a department store, for example: clothes, toys, kitchen, appliances, sports equipment, etc. Doing so will help to save you time as your sale draws near. As your yard sale approaches, prepare the area you will have your sale by setting up racks and tables before you bring your item over from storage. By having an idea of where you are going to put things, you will only need to unload your items and everything will be pre-sorted and priced. If you plan to have a sale quarterly, bi-yearly or annually, you can bring items to your storage unit throughout the year and keep things clean and well-organized, so that setting up for your sale will be easy.
A few last sale tips include being sure that you have enough cash on hand, pay careful attention that you have enough small bills and coins to make change. Have a comfortable chair to sit in and well as water and food to last you the length of your sale. You may also want to have boxes and bags available for customers to take away their new goodies. Lastly, if you expect the sale to be large, you may want to enlist help so you can watch your merchandise and deal with multiple customers at once.
Before you throw away the tissue paper and empty boxes from the holiday season, try recycling them to store your holiday decorations.
You can store a large amount of garland in a plastic box, pressing it down as you add more o Alternatively, use the garland as a filler to cushion spaces between your decorations Lights o Wrap lights around empty wrapping paper tubes and tape the ends to the tube to keep them from tangling o Keep replacement bulbs and fuses in a plastic sandwich bag and tuck it inside the tube.
Taking extra precautions to protect your belongings when preparing to store them will help prevent them from shifting or breaking while moving. It will also help protect items from the elements of the weather while keeping them dust-free while in storage.
Begin by making a list of items you plan on storing, you can use it as an outline to determine the type and quantity of packing supplies you will need. It will also help you to determine the appropriate size of the storage unit you will need. You should use good quality packing materials to ensure long-term protection, even if you plan to only have your items in storage for a short duration.
Keep in mind, newspaper can scratch delicate items and smudge ink so while it seems like a simple solution, it often just causes more problems. The same is true of plastic trash bags as they retain moisture and can damage items kept inside them.
Have any more questions about storing with us? Feel free to contact us, and we'll be happy to assist you!