Packing and Storage Tips

Devon Self Storage knows there’s nothing more important than peace of mind when it comes to storing your belongings. That’s why at Devon, we go out of our way to give you the very best in self storage. Let our list of helpful tips keep your items safe and secure during the moving and storage process.

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storage supplies TIP #1
Make packing easier by planning ahead. Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers.
Tape Gun.  Tape Dispenser for sealing shipping boxes. TIP #2
Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.
wrap TIP #3
Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.
box Tip #4
Label boxes on all sides for easy identification.  Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes.
Retro wooden chest of drawers TIP #5
Use valuable space inside dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items such as towels, linens and small, fragile items. Secure items in drawer by filling empty spaces with towels or packing paper.
boxes TIP #6
Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes.

Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither overpack nor underpack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubblewrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.
tools TIP #7
Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes. For easier handling limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to 30lbs. or less.
washmach TIP #8
Clean and dry appliances before storing. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.
 books TIP #9
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
 paper TIP #10
Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.
hangers TIP #11
Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.
 lamp TIP #12
Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.
 mirror TIP #13
Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes

 

Storage Tips

Tip #1
Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.

Tip #2
When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.

Tip #3
Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.

Tip #4
If you’re storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.

Tip #5
Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.

Tip #6
Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.

Tip #7
Common sense and state law determines what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.

Tip #8
Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.

Tip #9
Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.

Tip #10
Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.

Tip #11
When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Tip #12
Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.

Tip #13
Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.

Tip #14
Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.

Tip #15
Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.