The weather is warming up and it’s time for spring cleaning!
Everyone knows you don’t want to get rid of those old, dilapidated boxes
stacked in your garage. Some might be full of childhood memories, like
trophies, tickets to ball games, pictures, yearbooks, and who knows, there
might even be a few love letters from high school, too. Other boxes might
simply be filled with old documents from work. Regardless of the contents, you
just need more space to store them. And there’s no doubt that spring is a
perfect time of the year to do some things around the house; the cold weather
has gone away and the hot weather has yet to move in. Start your weekend
projects now and rent a self-storage unit this spring.
Here is a list of tips for storing your items in a
1. Use dryer sheets to keep insects and spiders away. Place
them in all corners and boxes especially by the front of the unit. The sheets
will also keep your items smelling fresh!
2. Use breathable materials such as cardboard for storage so
that moisture isn’t trapped. Never store your items in plastic bags or other
3. Make an aisle between boxes so you can easily access your
stored items. Sometimes you will need single items from the unit, with an
aisle, you won’t have to move all of the other boxes out!
4. Put charcoal in a saucepan and leave it in your unit. It
will help absorb moisture.
5. Make the most use of vertical space by stacking boxes of
the same size and storing couches on their side. Use shelving along the sides
of your unit for even more space and organization!
6. Use mattress covers to keep mattresses and box springs
dust-free. Or you can use 2 fitted sheets to cover the top and bottom to keep
the dust away.
7. Leave a small space between the walls and your boxes. It
prevents mold and allows for ventilation.
8. While most items you store will be temperature resistant,
be cautious with very sensitive items like electronics. Don’t store them in
extremely cold weather. Freezing temperatures can ruin electronics like
flat-screen TVs and can even wipe the hard drive of laptops and computers! If
you remove the items in the cold, allow them to sit for 48 hours in your heated
home before plugging them in to prevent plastic components from cracking.
9. Drain all fuel from leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and other
gas-powered machines. When storing your car, make sure the gas tank is either
completely full or completely empty to avoid condensation!
10. Pack your truck backward from how you would like your
unit packed. A little planning goes a long way!
These are just a few tips to get you started. Be sure to ask
your Overland Self Storage manager for more tips and tricks to make your
storage experience the best it can be!