How to utilize Storage Units in Katy Cypress Spring Branch
Moving into a self storage unit, whether climate controlled or not, involves some preplanning and organization if you plan to utilize your new mini storage unit as “extra space” for your home or business. You need to be able to address a few simple questions to help you decide what size storage unit you need, whether or not you need climate controlled or regular, and/or what to keep and what to get rid of.
What do you need to store?
- Look at what you are storing. Can it be stacked? Will it go in a box/tub? Can it be hung?
- Will you need to get to some things you are storing throughout the year? For example: clothes, decorations
- Are you storing valuable items like antiques, clothes, coats or things that could be affected by bugs or humidity?
What size unit do I need?
Most people, for cost reasons, want to get the smallest storage unit possible. While that might be a good fiscal move, you may create a dangerous situation when stacking boxes, tubs or crates. While you don’t want to pay for space that you don’t need, a little extra space to move around inside your unity. A suggestion is to get a large enough space where you can stack on both sides of the unit, and walk down the middle. Utilize our storage facility managers as they can be quite helpful in assisting you in your decision regarding size of storage unit.
Devise a Plan.
A little advanced planning can be incredibly helpful when moving into a storage unit. The forethought will be worth it when you’re able to easily maneuver in and out of your storage unit while finding the things you need.
Packing in Boxes
- If it can go in a box, put it in a box or tub for many reasons. Dust control. Easier stacking. Sturdier packing. Even with the door closed, things will get dusty.
- Try to pack boxes pretty tight to avoid shifting during transport and movement within the storage unit. Corners can collapse if boxes are packed tight enough. Foam packing peanuts are great for filling corners left unpacked.
- Use bubble wrap for extremely fragile items like glass, pictures frames and mirrors.
- Pay attention to how heavy the boxes are. YOU will have to move them and possible over your head while stacking.
- Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. MARK THESE BOXES FRAGILE!
- Clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents. Consider numbering the boxes and recording the contents accordingly.
Packing Other Items
- When storing clothes, invest in a wardrobe box with a built-in hanging rod. Our storage and moving facilities sell these in the front office.
- All appliances should be prepped for proper storage:
- Defrost refrigerators and freezers and allow them to dry thoroughly. Tie appliance doors during transport. Remove hoses and tape to the inside of appliance prior to transport. Leave all doors ajar while storing.
- Consider placing a stocking or sock filled with baking soda inside to aid in humidity control and smell.
- Consider having awkward or heavy pieces such as exercise equipment packed professionally. Our facility managers will have suggestions.
- Wrap mirrors and pictures in protective covering such as bubble wrap and mark them as “Fragile.” Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, weakest areas of frames.
- Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection. Place lampshades on the TOP of a stack.
- Use vacuum-seal bags for draperies, bedding, and clothing. If you don’t want to vacuum seal for wrinkles-sake, consider Climate Controlled and store hanging on hangers.
- Use original boxes for electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, and computers when possible.
- Take beds and tables apart before you store them. Place all screws and bolts together in a plastic bag (with maybe a photograph of what the item looked like built), mark them clearly, and tape the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture.
- Cover chair arms and legs with bubble wrap or rags for extra protection.
- Give wood furniture a good wipe down with a good quality furniture polish before storing.
- Condition all leather prior to storage with a good quality leather conditioner.
- Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing them to avoid rust formation that can occur when the tools are not used regularly.
Climate Controlled Storage
- Cover clothes and coats with a bag; however leave the bag open to allow the clothes to breathe.
- When storing photographs, consider a climate controlled unit where temperature fluctuations will not damage your photos. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and consider taping them together to avoid curling.
- When storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, invest in covers, bags or sheeting for additional protection.
- When storing an oven as well as a refrigerator, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to prevent vermin.
- Store books flat to help the spines stay in tact.
As you go, take pictures and inventory every item you’ve packed. If possible, include an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store. These will help in the event of unforeseen damage or loss.
Notify your storage facility manager of your moving plans to make sure your truck will have plenty of room to park and move around without blocking entrances or disturbing other customers.
Revisit your PREPLAN prior to unpacking the truck. Place items that you will not need to remove in the back of the unit and on the bottom of stacks. Really consider what you think you will and won’t need.
Here are a few suggestions for putting items into your unit:
- Keep a step stool in your space for accessing hard-to-reach areas.
- Based on the climate in which you live or work, consider putting down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and/or vermin bait to protect your belongings.
- To ensure security of valuable items such as computers or TVs, place in the back of your storage unit, with other items stacked around them and concealing them.
- Don’t forget to leave space for you to move around. Consider stacking on both sides and leaving an aisle down the middle.