Storage Tips

Tips for packing and storing your belongings:

Proper packing and storing can allow many items to be stored in a relatively small space.  Please see our unit size guide to help you determine the best size unit for your needs.  If you need help deciding, please contact us at (801) 451-9999.

  • Plan your storage space.  Place items in front that will be accessed frequently.  Allow for walkways.
  • Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
  • Use boxes that are a uniform size.  They are easier to stack.
  • Label each box on all 6 sides.
  • There are prohibited storage goods that every storage facility will NOT allow:
    • Be careful not to store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals)
    • Do not store perishable items (such as food that is not permanently sealed).  This prevents visits from unwelcome guests.
  • Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow for ventilation.
  • Make up an inventory list of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home.
  • Dishes and glassware should be wrapped in unmarked wrapping paper and placed in proper dish boxes.
  • A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar.  Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
  • Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected  To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
  • Pack books flat to protect the spine.  Do not place boxes directly on the concrete floors, but use pallets to prevent moisture absorption.
  • Although our storage units are secure, it is best to pack our storage unit so that your most valuable items are at the back.
  • Tables with removable legs should be “broken down” to save space.
  • Sofas and love-seats can be stored on end to save floor space.  Always place a protective waterproof cover under the end on the floor.  Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover.
  • When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage to avoid corrosive damage.
  • Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
  • When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, and utilize dehumidifiers to prevent mildew build up.  Remember to label these boxes “FRAGILE.”
  • Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
  • When storing business files and inventory, label all boxes and construct aisles so files are easily seen and accessible.

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