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Storage Tips

Storage tips

Storage Gnome wants you to have a great self-storage experience. Here are tips on how to handle every step of the storage process. As true storage experts, we can help you with all your storage needs.

Be mindful about placement
Keep your frequently used items at the front of your storage unit. This will help you easily locate and grab them on your next visit. Make a basic drawing that points out locations of different boxes, such as kitchen stuff, toys, books, clothes… then tack it to the wall of your storage unit.

Stack to the ceiling
Stack boxes to the ceiling to make the best use of your storage space. Place the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the stack. Store larger items vertically. Think "stack" when you pack

Create an aisle
Allow for a clear path down the centre of your self-storage unit. Place items along the walls, but be sure to leave an inch of space for proper air circulation. Don't forget to face box labels towards the aisle so you can easily read them and navigate your things.

Storage inside storage
You can save room in your storage unit by storing books and CDs inside the fridge. Just leave the fridge door wedged open for circulation. Or use empty trash bins to store garden tools such as shovels and hoses.

Keep some basic tools at hand
Tools like screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers and a utility knife can be useful when you need to disassemble furniture to make them smaller for storage. Also, a folding step stool will come in handy when accessing items stored above-head height.

Packing tips

At Storage Gnome we want you to have a great self storage experience. Below is everything you need to know on how to pack your belongings like a pro. As a true self storage expert, we can also help you with professional moving boxes and packing materials such as extra large boxes, wardrobe boxes, glass dividers, tape, bubble wrap, mattress bags, silk

Choose the right box
For every one large box you will need about four small- to medium-size. Use the smaller boxes for heavy items such as books and dishes; the large boxes for lighter items like bedding, blankets and linens. Avoid using garbage bags to pack your stuff because they tear easily and lack ventilation, which can result in mildew.

Don't overload the boxes
Packed boxes should not weigh more than you can comfortably lift. Pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes to provide a stable base. Make sure they remain "square" and do not bulge at the top or sides. This way they will stay stable when you stack them in your storage unit. It's also important to not under pack the boxes. If the box is half empty, the contents can shift during transport, they can also get crushed under the weight of heavier boxes or items. Use foam packing peanuts to fill empty spaces without adding much weight.

Use hanging wardrobe boxes
Prevent wrinkling and damage to trousers, dresses, suits and evening wear by hanging them in a wardrobe box. With these boxes, you can reduce packing and unpacking time by just moving hung items straight from your closet to the boxes. You can also use these wardrobe boxes to hang drapes, bedding or to store garden tools or garage items.

Tape your boxes up
Good quality packaging tape is essential. Closing your boxes with packing tape to make sure they maintain their structure and protect your items. Be sure to firmly close the top and bottom flaps with wide tape.

Label your boxes
Use a heavy black marker to label the box. This will save you from having to open every box when you need something later.

Mark the stacking direction
Clearly mark the stacking direction of boxes that contain items that should be stored in a certain way —such as glassware, picture frames and lamps that can otherwise be easily damaged when stored wrongly.

Prep your power tools
If you are storing lawnmowers, weed wackers or leaf blowers, drain their fuel tanks before putting them in your storage unit. This will prevent other items in your storage unit from adopting a fuel odour and also protect your clothing and other items from being damaged in case of a leak.

Wrap your furniture
Cover and pad furniture with protective materials to keep them in good condition during the moving process and while in storage. Remove cushions from the sofa and wrap or place them in plastic bags.

Dress for success
Many stored items can be made smaller. For example you can reduce the size of bed frames to help them fit more comfortably in your storage space. Wrap frames together with tape (use the non-sticky side to avoid tape residue) then place any screws in plastic bags and tape them to the frame.