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Storage Tips

Making the most of your self-storage space can be a tricky operation. That's why we've provided some handy tips to help you out as you pack up and store your stuff. Also check out our handy storage calculator by clicking on "What Fits?". At American Self Storage, we'll do our best to make sure your storage experience is a good one.

  • Use good quality storage boxes, we sell cardboard boxes
  • Fill boxes to capacity, partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse
  • Heavy items should be packed into small boxes so that they are easy to lift
  • Label or number boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods
  • Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home
  • Protect your fragile goods in bubble wrap
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper or bubble wrap before storing
  • Garden equipment should be cleaned before storing
  • Wrap table legs with bubble wrap before storing
  • Wardrobe boxes (available from American Self Storage) allow you to store your clothing on hangers which keeps their shape
  • Place heavy or bulky items in the unit first to provide a good stacking base
  • Plan your storage space- put those items that you need to get to most often near the front, close to the door
  • To maximise space stack similar sized boxes together
  • Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses
  • Always place a protective cover over your soft furnishings
  • Stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper to separate them
  • Leave refrigerator or freezer doors open for ventilation
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror boxes, marked fragile and stacked on their end
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls to aid ventilation
  • Cover your goods with dust sheets to protect against dust



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