Self Storage Fact Sheet

Mini Storage Fact Sheet for Moving & Storage


Compliments of:

Texas Storage and Moving - Lufkin, Texas 936-699-6000

AAA All Storage - Nacogdoches, Texas 936-569-7868

1) Do not assume that your homeowner or renter insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. You may need to purchase insurance.

2) CAUTION. It is against the law to store materials that are hazardous or combustible such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint, etc... Drain all gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, etc. before storing them. Do not store food items which could attract rodents or pests.

3) Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them. Also, store valuable items towards the back of the unit.

4) Appliances must be thoroughly clean and dry. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly open. Remove and discard vacuum cleaner bags.

5) Store mattresses and box springs on long edges. Wrap for protection and elevate off of the floor. Use pallets, 2x4’s, plywood... anything that will keep your items off the floor of the storage unit. It is not advised to lean items against the walls of the storage unit.

6) Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE.” Stand them straight up... never flat.

7) Make a list of packing materials needed such as boxes, bubble pack, tape, marking pens, rope, drop cloths, mattress and furniture covers, etc...

8) Disassemble beds and mark the pieces so that they are easy to put bakc together.

9) When packing books, pack them in small cartons that weigh no more than 30 lbs. Alternate bindings and cushion them with wadded packing paper.

10) Keep your out-of-season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.

11) When you disassemble electronics such as computers and stereos (items that have numerous cables), place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes. If possible, use the original packing for electronic items.

12) If storing wool items, use cedar ships or mothballs to prevent moth damage.

13) Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods.

14) Wax wood furniture before storing it. Use sheets or cotton cloth to cover furniture.

15) Never store anything in sealed plastic bags, especially in non-A/C storage. The humidity will cause damage to your goods.

16) Leave a small space between the goods stored and the storage unit’s walls.

17) Do not stack heavy or folded objects where they could shift or collapse when you move or need access

18) Label boxes by numbers - have the master list separate from your storage space... and never write on the box what its contents are. Label each box as you seal it. Mark “Fragile” on all boxes with breakables.

19) Use your bureau drawers as packing space. Fill them with some of your fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding.

20) Do not use printed newspaper to pack with. The ink may smudge off on your items.

21) To save space, fill interiors of appliances with linens, clothes and stuffed toys. Stuff towels between the washing machine and the inner tub of the washing machine to keep the tub from rotating during shipment or moving.  Label each box on all four sides with numbers, seal them with tape and make a list of the contents to take home with you. The box numbers should correspond with this master list. Pack appliances in factory boxes whenever possible and cushion with wadded (not shredded) packing paper. Shredded paper can get into the machines and cause damage. Wedge doors open while keeping appliances in storage.

22) When packing boxes, try to limit the weight to 30 lbs or less per box to aid in stacking and lifting.

23) When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This will keep you from mistaking them for the excess paper you used to fill the box.

24) Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.

  • Carefully wrap breakables individually in bubble wrap/plain newspaper. 
  • Always place protective coverings and pads on furniture and mattresses.
  • Disassemble of furniture is recommended in order to best use the space in your room.
  • Place all heavier items on the bottom of the box to keep from destroying other items. Place heavier boxes at the bottom of your box stack in your room.
  • Label all boxes on each side and keep a list for your self of what is in each box. This will enable you to easily locate an item when needed. 
  • Pack heavier items, such as books, in smaller boxes for easy lifting. Pack books on side not on spine.
  • Do not make boxes too heavy, but be sure to fill all boxes to the top either with bubble wrap, plain newspaper or another type of filler, so boxes will not collapse when stacked. 
  • Arrange your room so that frequently needed items are at the front and leave room for an aisle.
  • Use wardrobe boxes for clothing. 
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables. This may include paint, oil, or gasoline. 
  • Furniture with drawers can be used to store items. Additionally, you can place boxes on top of furniture after padding or placing plastic wrap on the top. 
  • Stack same-sized boxes on top of each other. 
  • Use sturdy packing boxes designed for storage. 
  • Use packing tape to seal boxes in order to keep out dust. 
  • Store couches (except sofa beds) on end in order to save space in the room. Additionally, use our sofa bags for extra protection. 
  • In order to avoid unwanted scents keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly ajar during shipping and storage.

Mini storage fact sheet to assist you in safely packing your valuables whether you need a fact sheet for moving and storage or just a self storage fact list many required things are listed here for your convenience.

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