Packing Tips

When packing your belongings for storage, it's important to make sure they're properly protected. Here are tips on packing a few common items:

Proper Packing Materials

Packing materials
  • You can never have enough boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and glass and dish dividers. These items are essential in making sure your items remain in top condition.
  • Use small boxes for heavy items, like books, glasses, dishes, and small appliances.
  • Use medium boxes for pots and pans, small lamps, and small-to-medium electronics devices. Clothes can work in medium boxes, as well as small wall d├ęcor and medium-weight appliances.
  • Use large and extra large boxes for bulky, but light items, such as pillows and linens. They can also work for large items such as microwave items or small TVs.
  • Whatever you're packing, always remember to protect breakable or scratchable items. Use bubble wrap, dividers, or even towels, clothes, and pillows.

Storing Electronics

Rust, dust, mold, cracking, and breaking can ruin electronics items. Thankfully, keeping them safe and sound is easy and straight forward:

  • Always back up your data from computers for safety.
  • Always remove CD's from cd players, discs from drives, etc.
  • Keep monitor and device screens protected with cardboard or bubble wrap. Also, any items that have glass or fragile parts, label them.
  • Keep electronic devices separated from the floor with pallets or boards.
  • Protect electronics devices with cotton sheets or canvas for dust protection.
  • Never use plastic. This increases moisture, which may cause mold and mildew.
  • Follow these general rules and your electronic devices stay safe.

Storing Documents & Pictures

  • For paper, whether documents or pictures, keep them sealed tight (to prevent mildew) and off the ground to protect from any possible spills or flooding.
  • For your pictures, always place paper between the photos to prevent sticking. Always use archival quality photo albums and seal your photos to prevent moisture.
  • Also, make sure the boxes are packed safely (no more than 30-50) pounds, and always keep filled. Even if it's mostly with packing materials. This will prevent items from sliding around in their containers.

These are just a few tips for packing and storing a few types of your items. If you need any more information, give Another Self Storage a call at 580-699-5700, we'll be happy to answer your questions!

Organizing Your Storage

Organizing Your Storage

One of the worst experiences in renting a storage unit is spending hours trying to find that one item you need. If you follow these tips, you'll never have that problem!

  • Always label your boxes and packed items.
  • Break down large items, such as bed frames and furniture, and put anything like screws into bags and tape them to the broken down pieces.
  • Place smaller, lighter boxes on top of larger, heavier boxes.
  • Place items more frequently accessed items in the front, and less accessed items in the back.
  • Make use of stored items. For instance, if you have an empty dresser, put some items insider the drawers. This will help you save space.
  • Allow plenty of room to move around. Place your materials in a way where they're plenty of space move or access items.
  • Never store flammable materials, because it may be unsafe. Never store perishable items either.
  • Keep a little space between your items and the walls. This can generate better air flow for your unit.
  • When retrieving items from your storage unit, you want to be efficient, comfortable, and safe. So use these tips to make things much easier.

Give us a call for more tips at Another Self Storage! We want to make your storage experience a great one.

Storing Your Vehicle

Storing Your Vehicle

Storing a vehicle is basic and very straightforward. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Make you have enough space for your vehicle. This may seem like a no-brainer, but just like a regular storage unit, you want to make sure you have room to maneuver. Plus, you'll want to consider related items you may have to store along with the vehicle.
  • If you're storing your vehicle for a longer time period, consider using a cover to protect from dust or other unwanted materials.
  • Keep windows slightly cracked.
  • Make sure all the fluid levels are proper, tires are inflated, and other items are maintained.
  • Make sure your car is running.
  • Make sure you have insurance and proof of ownership.

Give us a call for more information on storing your vehicle.