Helpful tips for moving and storage

 

Stress-free storage begins with smart packing!

  • Use sturdy boxes and label all sides for quick reference.
  • Pack boxes fully to avoid collapse. Use pillows, towels or blankets to fill in empty areas.
  • What goes best in each size box?
    Small: books, CDs, DVDs, tools and canned goods.
    Medium: Your “workhorse” of boxes. Smaller, heavier items such as dishes (use packing paper!), small kitchen appliances, lamp bases, pots and pans and small outdoor tools are suitable for this size box.
    Large: non-hanging clothes, linens, larger lamp bases, lamp shades, unbreakable kitchen goods and toys.
    Extra Large: for lightweight, bulky items including stuffed toys, pillows and winter coats.
    Wardrobe: Invest in wardrobe boxes! You’ll thank yourself later. Anything hanging goes in these and can be easily accessed if necessary. TipFill the empty bottoms of wardrobe boxes with bulky pillows/blankets/comforters to utilize all space but don’t forget to add those items to your label.
  • Tape and re-tape all boxes shut. Don’t invite unwanted pests to your belongings!
  • Stackable Rubbermaid/plastic type containers are a great alternative to boxes. They last longer and stack more easily.

 

Load your truck and your unit efficiently!

  • No one likes moving; particularly not sweating in 100+ degree Texas heat while trying to figure out where to put what in your unit. Plan ahead, bring plenty of water and know it will take longer than you anticipate to do the job right.
  • Pack items you will likely need to access while in storage at the BACK of your moving truck so they are at the FRONT of your unit.
  • Be sure to get a unit large enough to allow yourself sufficient walk-space once the unit is loaded. Leave a center isle free for easy access to your items. Nothing is more frustrating than having to unload the entire contents of the unit to get to one small item. Don’t skimp on size just to save a few dollars/month!
  • Use pallets or shelving to keep your items off the floor.
  • Disassemble larger pieces (i.e. bedroom sets/dining tables/electronic equipment) in order to save space in your unit. Stack chairs and end tables. Store mirrors and fragile items crated, upright and tucked safely away.
  • Keep moving pads/blankets/sheets wrapped lightly around furniture. Do not use plastic covers as they can hold in moisture.
  • Before you roll the door down and lock the unit, inventory & map the contents of your unit. Post it near the door – you’ll thank yourself later!

 

Never store the following items!

GAS
OIL
GREASE
ANTIFREEZE
FLAMMABLE CHEMICALS

FERTILIZER
PESTICIDES
PAINT
FIREWORKS
EXPLOSIVES

AMMUNITION
PROPANE / OXYGEN / BUTANE TANKS
BATTERIES
TIRES
FOOD OF ANY KIND