Fabric items like clothing, curtains and drapes are best if stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. Gulf Freeway Self Storage sells wardrobe style cardboard cartons to hang and protect your clothes.
A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances. Be sure to make a note if you place anything inside. Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are clean and dry before you pack them.
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and the top of boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups and bowls together and stand plates, saucers, and platters on their edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all open pockets with packing paper. Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on top.
Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor before placing furniture. If possible, stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables, which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton dust cover, such as a bed sheet, over your furniture. Gulf Freeway Self Storage sells sofa and mattress covers for best storage results.
Pack books flat to protect the spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill all empty pockets in each box. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments. Pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.
Wrap large lamp bases in padding and wrap smaller lamps completely before placing them in boxes. Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. You can purchase unprinted wrapping paper, foam wrap or bubble wrap at our location to help protect delicate items. Do not store heavy items on top of cartons containing lamps or lampshades.
These items should be stored on edges, not flat. We offer a selection of mirror/picture boxes that can be purchased at our office.
Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to prevent rust. Long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.
To avoid rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
Taking time to carefully load your storage space will ensure the best results for your belongings.
Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Boxes of the same size make for easy stacking.
Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for convenient access to all items.
Use all the space available by stacking neatly to the ceiling, with air space on top, and place frequently used items near the door. Avoid leaning items against the side of your unit.
Using plastic storage containers is a great option for accessibility without the hassle of packing tape.
Use high-quality packing boxes designed especially for the job and seal them completely with packing tape. Packing boxes and supplies can be purchased onsite at the Gulf Freeway office. Click here for a list of available supplies.
Label your moving boxes with a thick marker and clear handwriting. Include the names of the corresponding room and specific information. Use packing labels and include dates or special instructions (kitchen china, master bedroom, guest linens, etc., This Side Up, Books-Heavy, Chandelier-Fragile, etc.).
Create a list of labeled boxes for easy reference. Color coordinating or numbering each box is a great trick to stay organized.
Fill containers and moving boxes to capacity, and be mindful of the weight.
A month before you move is a great time to clean house. Plan a trip to your local donation center with old clothes, toys or sporting equipment, garage and lawn gear. If something is broken, expired, or no longer of use, lighten your load and throw away what you won’t be taking with you.
Make a timeline leading up to moving day for cleaning out, labeling, and organizing your life before you move. Take a little time each week or day to check off the list, one room or closet at a time.