Americans have a lot of stuff. For an interesting perspective, check out photographer Peter Menzel’s book Material World: A Global Family Portrait. In it, Menzel travels around the world and photographs average families surrounded by all their possessions.
Because of all the stuff we Americans have, many people have to rent storage units. Different size units come with different prices. Here are some tips on how to make the most efficient use of your storage unit and keep your possessions safe:
- Use boxes that are uniform in size. This makes stacking easier. Stack the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top.
- Leave walkways between rows and stacks of boxes. This way, you won’t have to move boxes to get to your desired box.
- Fill your boxes to the top, even if it’s with filler like sheets or newspaper. Boxes that aren’t full tend to collapse.
- If you’re storing metal objects like file cabinets, treat them with rust protector first.
- While most storage facilities have ample security, there are a few extra steps you can take. Pack your most valuable items toward the back of the unit and invest in a high quality padlock.
- To combat humidity and mildew, keep some space between boxes and the unit’s walls. Also, cover the floors with plastic and stack boxes on top of wooden pallets.
- If storing a refrigerator, you can prevent mildew by leaving the door open.
- Never keep anything flammable or combustible in your storage unit. No turpentine, gas, oil, paint, paint thinner, or cleaning fluids. If you’re storing anything that contains gas—like a lawnmower or motorcycle, drain the gas tank before storing it.
For more advice on packing your storage unit, contact the professionals at Pasadena’s STORBOX Self Storage in Pasadena, California. Call us at (626) 407-3439 or visit us at 2233 East Foothill Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107.