Self Storage Tips
Tip #1 Common sense and state law determine 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 #2 When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
Tip #3 Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
Tip #4 Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
Tip #5 If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
Tip #6 Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.
Tip #7 Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes, rakes, brooms, and other items with long handles
Tip #8 Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
Tip #9 Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
Tip #10 Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces.
Tip #11 Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
Tip #12 To retard dust when storing metal items, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
Tip #13 Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.
Tip #14 Always use high-quality locks on your unit. Katonah Self Storage has a variety of locks available for sale; simply ask your site manager for a recommendation.
Tip #15 Always use climate control for humidity-sensitive items.