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Storage Tips

Here are some handy tips for Storage at DC Mini Storage

Use uniform size boxes when possible

Create an aisle so you can easily access the things you need

Label boxes on all sides

Make a list of the contents

Pack items that you will be frequently accessing towards the front - common sense, we know.

Pack your goods in boxes, not garbage bags. Place books, magazines, and records in small boxes. Kitchen appliances and other miscellaneous items should go in medium size boxes and save your large boxes for bedding and linens. Do not overload your boxes, and ensure the lid is closed securely to make stacking easy.

Ensure you select a good lock, as it is your first measure of security, and keep a second key somewhere safe.

When stacking your goods, it is obvious that you can’t stack boxes 10 feet high, or something on the bottom will be crushed. Stack nightstands on top of dressers, and put the boxes on top.

Use bubble wrap, styrofoam chips and plain newsprint to protect breakable items

Mark 'Fragile' on boxes where needed

Label each box with a different colored sticker to identify each room

Lift contents off the concrete using palettes

Use oil-protective pads under all motors to protect the floor from any leaks or spills

Take apart large items such as bed frames, tables, etc. This will save space and prevent them from breaking. Be sure to keep all parts together. Keep screws and smaller items handy by taping them to the larger item they belong to.

If storing appliances be sure to clean them out first! Leave the door slightly open on refrigerators and microwaves to prevent mildew. Deter odor with an open box baking soda.

Packing Tips

Use uniform size boxes when possible.

Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothes or fold and store in dresser drawers

Wrap glassware such as dishes, cups, glasses etc. individually and then wrap in bundles of four with bubble wrap

Mirrors, screens or windows should be wrapped in cardboard and stored on an edge

Lawn mowers, rototillers, etc. should be cleaned of debris and have batteries disconnected