Prepare Your Items for Storage
Place all smaller items in uniformly sized boxes. Completely fill each box with heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top. Uniformly sized boxes stack easier and conserve storage space.
Books—Pack books flat, not standing on end. This will protect the spines, which will bend and warp over time if stood upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small boxes and don’t put them in boxes with other, more fragile, items.
Lawn Mowers—Drain gasoline and oil from all small engines. This precaution will protect both your stored property and the property of others from the dangers of fire and explosion.
Mattresses—Place mattresses in plastic covers to protect them from dust and moisture.
Leather Items—Treat leather items (couches, clothes, etc.) with a leather conditioner prior to storing them. Keep furniture items off the floor by placing them on pallets.
Blankets, Draperies and Clothing—Have blankets, draperies and clothing cleaned, then pack them on hangers in wardrobe boxes.
Mirrors & Pictures—Store mirrors and pictures inside similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection from scratches and dust.
Furniture & Tables—Place blankets over furniture to protect from scratches and dust.
Photos—Photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place between pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Photos and negatives take up very little space. Try to keep these items with you.
Breakable/Delicate Items—Wrap breakable items inside bubble wrap and store with linens. Do not store liquid items over the winter…snow globes will freeze and break!
Pillows & Toys—Store smaller items like this in large plastic garbage bags.
Label Boxed Items—You’ll know what is in each box without opening it.
Appliances—Clean and dry all appliances prior to storage. Do not leave anything inside of appliances to be stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow ventilation.
Do Not Store These Items—Furs, jewelry, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires, firearms, explosives, flammables, drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items, hazardous waste materials, items that produce odors or that might attract bugs or rodents.
Boat Storage Tips
The following steps can be taken to protect your boat while in storage. Additionally, specific procedures recommended by the boat manufacturer, chassis manufacturer and appliance producers should be closely considered:
Prepare your engine in accordance with the owner’s manual. In winter, this will normally include draining and flushing the cooling system; draining and refilling the crankcase; applying oil to inside of each cylinder through the spark plug holes; and other preservative actions.
Thoroughly clean the hull, decks, cockpit, bilge, all compartments, lockers, and the exterior of engine and coat with an appropriate wax or preservative. Drain fuel lines, pumps, carburetor, and tanks or fill completely and add fuel stabilizer.
Leave all floorboards up, doors ajar, ports and skylights open, hatches partly open, drawers and lockers open. Carefully fit a well-made cover, provided with ventilation ports. Place a cover over engine.
Don’t forget the trailer; check tire pressure and check and pack wheel hubs if necessary and lubricate jack. And finally, note dates of registration, tags, certificates, and insurance, etc. and plan for renewal if they expire during your storage term.
Organizing Your Storage Unit:
Use wooden pallets or boards underneath furniture and boxes. This will prevent condensation from damaging them.
Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation.
Store items that will not be needed to the rear of the storage unit and items you will need access to toward the front of the unit. Store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
Store smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the storage unit and large items toward the front of the unit.
Cover everything with plastic sheeting. Wooden furniture should first be covered with blankets to avoid abrasion and moisture damage. Plastic sheeting will protect your stored goods from both dust and water damage.
Pack your storage unit as tightly as possible. Tighter packing helps to protect stored items from moisture and dust and reduces the space needed to store your property.
Use a high-quality padlock to secure your storage unit. Good locks are difficult to cut or break and offer maximum protection for very little money.
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