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Storage Tips

Nobody wants to pay for more storage than they need. Follow these tips to ensure that you are using your storage unit to its full potential, and make it easier on yourself when you need to retrieve a stored item.

Maximize the space

Take advantange stacking space! Every one of our storage units are at least eight feet tall which means you can stack your stuff. Be sure to put the heavier items at the bottom and stack the rest on top. Make sure that you check for stability so your lighter items won't topple over. Also, if you fill the gaps in your boxes with packing peanuts or paper, they will be more stable - especially when stacking them high. Filling the gaps prevents the items in your box from shifting as they are moved.

Look for ways to save space

Can you disassemble some of the larger items like tables? Can you remove its legs? Fill drawers of a stored dresser or hamper. Place your mattress and box springs on their ends, and fill gaps with smaller items. If possibile, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.

How to pack your storage unit
Placement of items

We recommend not placing boxes directly on concrete floors. Use pallets or skids because they allow air flow around and under items.Put items you need most at the front of the unit, and the more expensive, less-used items at the back. We recommend using protective covers over furnished wood surfaces. Use trash cans to store garden equipment like shovels, hoes and rakes. If you are storing metal items, try wiping all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to help deter rust. Fortunately we live in a dry climate in Utah so rust is not as big of a problem as it is in other areas of the country.

Be sure to leave an aisle

Just about everyone finds they need to get something out of their storage unit at one time or another. If you packed something at the back of your unit and did not leave a walkway, you will end up pulling half of the items out of your storage unit so that you can find one thing! Leave an aisle so that even the possessions in the very back can still be accessed. And, make sure you position all of your boxes so that you can see their labels.

Label everything and keep a list of items in your storage unit

Just about everyone forgets whether or not they stored a particular item. We have seen people pull just about everything out of storage looking for something that wasn't there. If you label all of your boxes detailing their contents, and keep a separate list of everything inside your storage unit, your life will be much easier down the road. This takes additional time, but you’ll be happy you did it. This is also beneficial for insurance should you need it.

Don't store hazardous, illegal or smelly items

Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines. Don't ever never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. See our full list of items that you shouldn't store.

Keep and leave your unit clean!

We strive to provide clean, affordable storage units. You are responsibile to keep your space clean because you are the only one with a gate access code and key to your unit. We recommend you use dust covers for your mattresses and furniture and be sure to seal all your boxes. As long as you maintain and leave your storage unit clean, you won't incur a cleaning fee when you vacate.