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Packing Tips
  • Fill Boxes to capacity. Partially full or bulging boxes may collapse or tip over while stored
  • Label your cartons and goods. This will make accessing it much easier.
  • Books and documents: Pack books flat to protect spines; use small boxes to avoid cartons that are too heavy to move easily. Put heavy items on bottom.
  • Dishes and Glassware: Glass items should be individually wrapped; use blank wrapping paper for best results; "nest" cups and bowls, stand plates and platters; fill air pockets with wrapping paper or foam peanuts; don't put breakables under other boxes.
  • Mirrors, windows, screens: Wrap all glass well; store on edge, not flat.
  • Lamps: Pack lamp shades separately; use blank paper to wrap lamp shades and other property that may be damaged by ink stains from regular newsprint.
  • Furniture: Stand sofas and mattresses on end; disassemble beds and tables; wrap legs in wrapping paper; keep upholstery off floor; place loose, light plastic dust covers or sheets over furniture.
  • Appliances and electronics: Clean appliances thoroughly.  Refrigerators and freezers must be defrosted and dry and washing machines completely drained.  Remove doors of appliances and store separately; desiccants (drying agents) should be used and containers checked and emptied regularly.  Take apart lawn mowers, making sure all the fuel is completely drained.
  • Bicycles: Wipe a few drops of oil on bicycles and tools to prevent rusting, then store these items away from furniture to avoid oil staining.
  • Clothes: Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers. Shoes can be stored in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes, while folded clothing can be stored in boxes or dresser drawers.
  • Put pallets or a grid of 2'x3's on the unit floor to give better air circulation under goods; leave a walkway/aisle to the rear of the unit. Don't over pack unit!
  • Remember that only the tenant is legally entitled to enter the storage space unless other arrangements have been made with Total Storage; for example, if you want members of your family or friends to use your storage space, you must list them under access rights on the rental agreement.
  • Visit your storage space on occasion to check the condition of your possessions; occasionally move or shift your goods so that you see all sides of them.  Report any problems immediately.
  • If storing bedding, clothing, or furniture covered in fabric or property that may be affected by changes in temperature, it may be wiser to rent a climate-controlled space to provide a better storage environment for your personal possessions. Be certain that everything stored is dry, as any moisture may cause mildew. If you move during rain, dry off your goods before placing them into storage. Do not store anything that is wet; moisture is bad for virtually all properties or goods.