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5 Tips for Storage Safety

In many ways, loading your empty storage unit for the first time is much like moving into a new home. You have to take the time to strategically plan out how your belongings will fit best in the space while remembering to allow for easy access to the things you will need the most frequently. Part of this strategy should involve knowing how to store your stuff so that it will remain undamaged and in good shape while it’s in storage.
Keeping your items safe while in storage can be done by following a few simple guidelines.
1. Don’t skimp on boxes.
We might think it’s a good idea to try and save a few bucks by using cheap or old boxes to pack your belongings into before they go into storage. The problem with using boxes of low quality is that they tend to break down easy, which can lead to problems. It’s especially important to consider the type of boxes you are using if you plan on doing any type of stacking. For the most part, trying to stack flimsy boxes will lead to disaster in the long run. Spend a few extra dollars and buy boxes or totes that can withstand some pressure and keep your belongings safe.
2. Stack furniture the right way.
When you’re filling up a storage unit, it’s all about saving space, which leads many people to attempt to stand their furniture on end, like a sofa for example. It’s actually a much better idea to place furniture in the storage unit the same way you would when you are using it. Keep in mind that furniture is designed and built a specific way and by trying to rest it on end, you are forcing pressure on joints and pieces that weren’t designed to carry so much weight.
3. Use walls appropriately.
It’s easy to think that everything in your storage unit will stay exactly the same way you left it once you shut the door. However, sometimes there is some shifting that happens. Even a very slight shift can cause a chain reaction leading to falls and spills. Be sure to use the walls of your storage unit as a support to heavier items. It’s always a good idea to use walls when you are stacking boxes or totes. In some cases, it may even be appropriate to use rope or straps to keep items up against the wall and to ensure they do not tip or fall while you are away.
4. Clean before you pack and store.
Most items tend to store better when they are clean. This is true for everything from furniture to clothes. Clean fabrics and materials will help to prevent mold and mildew. Be sure you avoid packing any kind of food as it can attract bugs.
5. Wrap glass and breakables.
We tend to think of wrapping glass or valuables only when we are moving long distances or when items will be jostled around frequently. But it is also a good idea to keep breakable items wrapped up while they are in storage. Antiques, valuables, glassware, glass tables, mirrors – these are all things that should be individually wrapped before going into storage. Use masking tape and cardboard to prevent glass tabletops and mirrors from shattering should they get bumped or dropped along the way.
For more storage tips, be sure to call Cactus Self Storage at 480-386-6022.

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