Make the most of your self-storage space

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If you have opted for self-storage service, you need to need to make sure that you know how to pack and load it properly in order for your belongings to stay safe and also to have easy access to the things you need the most.

How can you make the most of your self-storage space?  Here are some tips to consider as you pack and prepare to store your belongings:

  • Always start with good quality storage boxes.  At Volunteer Movers, you will find a large selection of cardboard boxes and other packing materials such as bubble wrap.
  • Look for special boxes to protect fragile contents such as dishes and glasses and clearly mark them as fragile
  • Use bubble wrap for fragile items.  Bubble wrap can be used to:

o wrap table legs

o protect dishes and glasses before boxing them

o protect pictures and mirrors from breakage

  • Do not overfill boxes.  Doing so may cause boxes to tip over or collapse.
  • Use small boxes to pack heavy items so they are not too heavy to lift
  • Label all your boxes so you know the contents
  • Create an inventory of what you are storing and keep the list at home
  • Clean garden equipment before it is stored
  • Use wardrobe boxes and leave clothes on hangers to help them keep shape
  • Be sure you place items closer to the door that you expect to need soon / often
  • Protect your furniture with soft covers such as blankets or sheets to keep dust out
  • Clean refrigerators and leave the door open

Do you need climate controlled storage?

Climate controlled storage?

climate controlled storage

If you are looking for extra storage should you consider climate controlled storage?

What are the differences between non-climate controlled storage (standard units) and climate controlled storage units?

  • Climate controlled units are more expensive than standard storage units.
  • Climate controlled units are typically located indoors.  As a result, they are not affected by the effects of rain, snow, dirt and dust, pests or changes in temperatures or humidity. 
  • Climate controlled units protect your items from mold and mildew.
  • Climate controlled units offer protection from flooding and water exposure from humidity, rain, and melted snow.
  • Climate controlled units tend to be cleaner.  Less dust and dirt gets into the interior units compared to standard units. 
  • If you live where temperatures vary a lot season to season, you should consider investing in this type of units.  Climate controlled units should keep items in a constant environment.  They do not fall below freezing in winter or above 90 degrees in summer.  Temperatures can range between 55 or 60 degrees F and 85 or 90 degrees F.  Check with your local self-storage company for exact specifications for their units.
  • They typically use indirect heating and cooling systems to maintain air temperature.  In addition to controlling temperature most (not all) also control humidity.

 When should you consider climate controlled self-storage units?  If you are storing:

  • Items that are valuable or one of a kind
  • Wood furniture that can crack or warp
  • Leather furniture 
  • Books or important paper documents
  • Antiques or family heirlooms
  • Musical instruments that can be damaged by changes in temperatures or humidity
  • Paintings or photographs
  • Clothing such as fur or leather

If you need climate controlled storage, check with your local Volunteer Storage location.