Moving, Packing, and Storage
At Private Mini Storage, we want to help
you any way possible. Below are some moving, packing, and storage
tips we thought might be helpful. Please feel free to consult
with any of our team members for advice on these matters.
It might be a good idea to wax wood furniture before storing it.
Some woods can be sensitive to moisture. Consider using climate-controlled
storage. Disassemble bed frames and tie them together. Use zip-
lock bags to store screws and bolt and tape them to the items
that they belong to. If you stack furniture items, place pads,
blankets, or towels between them to prevent scratching. Take down
lawn furniture and tables if possible. Store frames in back corner
to prevent them from falling over on other items. Don't use plastic
to cover items in non-climate storage as moisture can condense
under it. Consider using sheets or cotton cloth. Stand mattresses
on end, as well as sofas with pallets or cardboard under them.
It is a good idea to wrap mattresses in mattress bags or cover
them with paper or cloth. Stand mattress on something to allow
airflow and to prevent moisture from getting to them. Walls may
develop condensation, therefore it is not advised to lean items
against the walls.
Pictures and Mirrors
Wrap pictures that are small and stand them on end in boxes. For
larger ones, buy special picture boxes. Consider using foam or
It is a good idea to use the original boxes. If you don't have
them, pack items carefully and use cushion material. Bubble wrap,
cushion foam, and even wadded up newspaper will help. Pack items
separately. Tie down tone arms for record players. Stack record
albums on end to prevent warping and use small boxes to hold down
the weight. Consider the temperature as heat can warp CD's and
Crystal, China, and Fine glassware
Consider buying boxes designed for this with dividers. Wrap each
item with paper or foam. Label boxes with glass items and stack
these on top. Add packing material to both the bottom and the
top of the boxes.
Clothing, Curtains, Drapes
It is a good idea to store drapes and clothing hanging on non-rusting
hangers. You can buy boxes designed for this. They are called
wardrobe boxes. You can use drawers to store some items and to
conserve space. If storing wool items, use cedar chips and or
mothballs to prevent moth damage.
Kitchen & Laundry
You can put several small appliances in a box. Be sure to put
packing material between them. Label all boxes. It is a good idea
to label box indicating what room it goes in and the items it
contains. You can stack pots and pans with padding in between.
Bowls can be packed in a similar fashion. One idea for your drawer-type
stuff is to use plastic bags and pack these bags in a box. Always
consider the weight of what you are putting in boxes. It is better
to use 2 smaller boxes than one heavy one.
Tape doors shut while moving. Wedge doors open in storage to prevent
mildew. You can use this valuable storage space for items such
as blankets and towels. Use up partial bottles and boxes of laundry/cleaning
products and food goods before moving. You can place laundry items
in the washer and dryer. Be sure boxes are taped shut and bottles
will not leak. You can always use plastic bags to insure against
Freezing can be a problem. Do not store items that might break
if frozen in non-climate controlled units. Do not store food items
in boxes or plastic since rodents can easily tear through these.
It might be a good idea to put a few drops of oil on items that
might rust. Insure that these items don't come in contact with
Books and other valuables
Pack books together in small boxes. Big boxes of books can weigh
too much. Store your valuable papers in plastic bags. Consider
putting boxes on pallets or something to keep them off the floor.
Helpful Tips for Moving
Plan your move early, if possible. Notify your postal service.
Change banks, if necessary. Put in change of addresses to all
subscriptions and other mailings. Make sure you have a reservation
for the equipment you need for the move: trucks, dollies, and
other moving items. Have plenty of rope, tape and boxes on hand
for packing and tying down.
Do not store combustibles, including paint and thinners. Purchase
a good lock. Do not store perishables. Remove legs from tables,
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PROVIDED TO HOPEFULLY HELP YOU WITH YOUR PACKING , MOVING, AND
STORAGE NEEDS. IT IS OFFERED "AS IS" AND NO WARRANTY
OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED IS OFFERED. THE ENTIRE RISK AS
TO THE RESULTS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE TIPS IS ASSUMED BY THE USER.
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STORAGE, ITS AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY AND YOU
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