- Cover everything with plastic sheeting. This will protect your stored goods from both dust and water damage
- Store smaller valuables to the rear and larger items toward the front, with heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on the top
- Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation, but pack the unit as tightly as possible, as this protects your items from moisture and dust
- Use a high quality disc (round) padlock to secure your storage unit. This type of lock is difficult to cut or break
Refrigerators and/or freezers should be thoroughly dried and stored with doors slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances. Small boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. *Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.*
Books & 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. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books.
Label boxes for easy retrieval, and place the heaviest boxes on the bottom, lightest on top. It is important to fill your boxes completely so that they will not collapse when stacked.
Clean all clothing before hanging them in a wardrobe box. Blankets and draperies should also be cleaned and then hung in wardrobe boxes.
Dishes and Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. Ideally these items should be stored in a specifically designed dish pack box. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing materials. Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware. *Keep dish pack boxes under 30 lbs. for easy-lifting.*
Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
Furniture and Upholstery
Place a pallet on the floor to protect furniture. Allow space between the fabric and dust cover. Never use plastic, as it can collect moisture and cause mildew. Mattresses should be covered and stored flat. Break down beds and tables. Use protective covers for your wood surfaces before storing. Store tabletops and sofas on the end to save space. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and consider your furniture drawers for storing delicate items. Wrap these items with bubble wrap or packing paper. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked seat-to-seat or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled.
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.
Wrap large lamps and place them in boxes and pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamp shades.
Paintings and Pictures
Large paintings or framed pictures should be stored in specially-designed art/mirror boxes.
Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to impede rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels, and hoes should be cleaned, lightly-oiled, and tied in bundles.
Additional Storage Info
Insure Your Items in Storage. If it’s worth storing, it’s worth insuring!
The items you place in SNAPstorage spaces are the sole responsibility of you, its owner. Like most other storage facilities, items are not insured by SNAPstorage. However, SNAPstorage offers inexpensive insurance coverage options to protect your stored items available for purchase on this website and at the onsite INSOMNIAC™ Kiosk.
Prohibited Storage Items
Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. NEVER store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or any other items that need a controlled environment. Always remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage.
*Disclaimer — SNAPstorage only offers tips/recommendations for your storage items and is not responsible for results. Please use and apply at your own risk.