Before you put your items into a self storage unit you will need to do a few things, just as you would if you were moving your items during a big move.
First, you will want to make a list of the things you will need to pack up your things to take to storage. You will need boxes, packing tape, rope and maybe something that will keep critters or smells away from your items.
You will then need to take a trip to your storage unit. Do some measurements if necessary and then sketch out where you may place things in the unit- should you be storing a lot of large items in your space. If you haven't reserved a unit in the storage center and are confused about what size will fit your needs, you can talk to the people who run the storage center, they can give you a good idea about what will work for you with the items you are storing.
Once you have your unit ready to go, you will want to store your items so they aren't on the floor of the storage unit. This is a good idea in case water was to seep into the storage garage, having things off the floor helps keep them from getting wet. It is also a good idea to purchase shelves at a local home store. You can keep boxes on the shelves, which will keep your self storage unit looking nicer. If you want further protection, cover your items with blankets to keep them from getting dusty.
Instead of boxes, use large plastic containers for storing any of your packable items. Boxes are easy for small creatures to enter; plastic containers with snap-on lids are pretty much impossible for small critters to enter- thus keeping your things safe from rodents.
Make sure to check on your storage items as often as possible, going at least one time a month, if not more. If something were to happen to your storage items and you rarely visit, you may have ruined items sitting in your garage for some time, items that may have been salvageable had you checked them more often.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|