Moving & Storage Tips

Self Storage in Sycamore

Organizing Your Move

  • Rent the smallest amount of space you need and utilize the overhead stacking height.

  • Create an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.

  • Using a marker, list contents of boxes on all sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

Packing Ideas

  • Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • If possible, try to use boxes of similar size so you can stack safely.

  • Be sure not to put too much in each box, this will prevent boxes from collapsing.

  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Most of our locations sell packing paper as well as glass pack and dish kits at competitive prices.

  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE”. Consider using a mirror-pak box for a custom fit and combine more than one to extend the length when needed.

Storage Unit Organization

  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, blankets or wrapping paper to prevent breakage.

  • Remove table legs when possible to save space and store flat.

  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

  • Place items that you may need to access often in the front of your unit for easy access.

  • Create an aisle in the center of your unit so you can reach items in the back when needed.

  • Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes toward the top.

  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on their end to save floor space.

  • Before storing your possessions, we recommend that you place a sheet of heavy plastic on the floor to protect them from moisture that is absorbed by the cement.

  • Inspect the unit and make a list of supplies you might need, like newsprint, bubble wrap, tape, drop cloths, mattress covers or peanuts.

  • Do not lean items against the wall. Leaving a space around the perimeter will aid in ventilation.

  • Put frequently used items near the door. Allow for walkways. Fill boxes and cartons to capacity. Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Make sure boxes are filled but over filled.

  • Fragile items should be thoroughly cushioned and placed near the center of the boxes. Seal them with masking or glued paper tape.

Storage Suggestions

  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • Cover stuffed furniture with specialty covers or blankets to protect against damage during your move.

  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. After extended periods of time they can become warped or lumpy.

  • Appliances: Make sure refrigerators and freezers are completely dry. Store appliances upright with Doors Ajar some items can be stored inside appliances and carton can be stored on top.

  • Bicycles and Other Metal Items: Wipe all surfaces with rags dipped in machine oil to retard chances of rust.

  • Clothing and Fabrics: Ideally clothes, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers; otherwise, fold them carefully with cushions of tissue paper in between.

  • Books and Documents: Do not place boxes directly on floor or pack fragile items alongside books. If at all possible keep important documents with you.

  • Dishes and Glassware: Place layers of packing material inside bottoms and tops of cartons. Wrap each glass item individually. Nest cups and bowls and stand plates and saucers up.

  • Furniture: Place padding on floor or wrap items. Use tops of dressers to stack lighter boxes, stack chairs. Holiday Dec. Wrap individually and in original boxes if possible, Mirrors and Screens: Store on edge not flat.

  • Tools: Clean and oil thoroughly and bundle long-handled tools.

  • Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)