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.