SELF STORAGE ADVICES :
Here are some tips to make it easier for you to store your belongings in your unit:
- Leave things that you might need during their storage period near your unit’s front door, so you can access them more easily.
- Leave a narrow passageway clear of any obstacles down the middle of your unit, so you can move around inside it.
- Make a list or inventory of the items you’re storing so you know exactly what’s in your unit. Leave a copy inside your unit and carry another copy with you, or take a picture of the list with your cell phone so you always have it on hand.
- Dismantle your furniture before taking it to your unit—you’ll save both time and space. Put screws, bolts and other attachments in small bags and tape them to the piece of furniture you’ve disassembled. This way you’ll know exactly where everything is when you reassemble your furniture weeks or months later.
- Use boxes designed specifically for storing clothes, bicycles, TV sets, office documents, etc. Keep and reuse the packaging that your electronic equipment originally came in.
- Take advantage of your storage unit’s height when storing your kayak or canoe: it can easily fit upright! Also maximize your storage space by stacking boxes, making sure heavier items are on the bottom of a pile and lighter ones on top.
- Place your mattress flat on the floor or against the wall of your storage unit, making sure it’s perfectly upright so it doesn’t buckle while stored.
- Label your boxes by room (“kitchen,” “living room,” “bedroom,” etc.) along with a basic list of each box’s contents. You can also colour-code boxes to more easily identify all those that belong to a given room: for instance, green dots for everything that goes in the kitchen, red dots for living room boxes and blue dots for the bedroom!
- Make sure to properly wrap your fragile items and to place them at the top when filling a box.
Your have several options:
New boxes: You can purchase new boxes from your movers or at stores like Staples. This is a practical choice because you’ll find boxes that are all the same size, or different specific sizes, and that are easy to assemble.
Used boxes: You can ask people you know if they kept their old boxes after they moved. You can also ask for used boxes at your workplace. You might also ask stores or businesses around your home if they have boxes or will keep them for you. This environmentally friendly option helps you cut down moving costs.
Stock up on empty boxes several weeks ahead of time because you’ll need plenty of them when the time comes.
Advice from a pro: Make handles on your cardboard boxes—it’ll only take a bit of extra time, and it’ll make it so much easier to carry your boxes! All you need is a utility (X-Acto) knife to cut openings in two opposite sides of the box, about 6 inches from the top, big enough to slip your fingers into. For larger or heavier boxes, you can strengthen the handles with thick adhesive tape (like duct tape).
Reusable plastic containers: You also have the option of using hard plastic storage bins—we suggest you get the stackable kind. Once you’ve finished moving or using your storage unit, you’ll be able to use the bins to put away your sports equipment or organize other belongings of yours by type before putting them away in closets or your garage.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR PACKING
- Adhesive tape
- Black felt-tip marker to label your boxes
- Scissors or utility (X-Acto) knife
- Bubble wrap, Kraft paper, newspapers, towels, dishcloths, washcloths and sheets to pack and protect your fragile objects
- Coloured felt-tip markers to mark your boxes with different colour dots to identify rooms (kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc.)