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Storage Tips

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1. Pack and Plan Your Space
Pack in such a way that you have left yourself access to items you may need on a regular basis. Always label boxes so you can quickly identify them.
2. Packing Supplies: Gather items
Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need; as well as tape, markers and packing supplies (i.e. foam shipping peanuts, bubble wrap, packing paper etc.).
3. Boxes: Good quality and uniform
If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Old or worn boxes can easily collapse and lead to damage. Using similar size, high quality boxes will significantly improve your space utilization and safety of your items. Westmount Storage offers a wide variety of high quality boxes and packing supplies for all your needs.
4. Take Inventory
Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safety deposit box away from the unit.
5. Use Pallets
Use pallets or skids to keep your items off the floor. Any concrete floor can become cold and damp.
6. Be Careful: Things you should never place in storage
  • CAUTION! Do not store anything explosive or flammable. (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
  • Do not store any food or drink. These items can attract vermin.
  • Do not store anything living. Plants and animals will not survive in storage.
7. Leave Space
Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
8. Heavy Boxes on Bottom
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
9. Use Strong Boxes
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. It is best not to put too much in each box.
10. Box Packing 101
Remember; put heavier items in small boxes such as books and dishes and lighter items in bigger boxes like bedding, clothing etc.
11. List Contents
List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes and seal with tape.
12. Dishes and Glasses
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
13. Fragile Items
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end. Wrap plates, bowls and fragile items individually before placing them in a dish box. Fill paper into bottom, top and empty spaces in the box.
14. Utilize Extra Space
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
15. Appliances
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. When storing appliances, make sure they are defrosted and empty of water as moisture and humidity will damage your valuables. Refrigerator and freezer doors should be propped slightly open to prevent odor build-up. An opened box of baking soda can be placed inside for added odor prevention. Valuable storage space inside appliances can be used for small items.
16. Electronics
Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
17. Store Together
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
18. Removable Legs
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
19. Sofas and Love Seats
Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
20. Sharp or Heavy Objects
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
21. Cover Furniture
Use protective covers to protect against dust and any possible moisture.
22. Mattresses
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. Always wrap your mattress in a protective mattress cover. .