Storage Tips

Storage Tips
We have been in the self storage business since 1987. Here are a few tips our clients have found helpful that we want to share with you. If you have additional questions give us a call at (562) 437-7792. We have a real person standing by ready to assist you during business hours. You can also email your questions to us by clicking here.

After choosing the right storage space that fits your needs, it is essential that you pack your belongings in the storage unit correctly. Here are some tips to consider for preventing damage to your belongings:
  • Determine whether the goods you are storing will be better protected by placing them in boxes, totes or other containers. You may need to purchase specialized boxes and other packing supplies to protect your items during the move and while they are stowed away.
  • Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.
    Be sure to clean and dry all electrical equipment before storing in your unit. Remove any batteries from their compartments.
  • Retard rust by wiping down all types of metal surfaces before storing. Use a few drops of machine oil to lightly coat these items for preventing rust and possible deterioration in the storage unit.
  • Pack all books, files, and documents flat, and use bubble wrap or newspaper to fill any empty spaces in the boxes or totes.
  • Store clothing on hangars before folding them into cartons. Make sure all drapes, curtains, linens and clothing items are washed and dry or dry cleaned to avoid attracting pests.
  • Use bubble wrap and other packing materials when storing dishes and glassware. Pack similar items in the same box and fill empty spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper.
  • Disassemble furniture and place pieces on a corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet before loading onto a pallet.
  • Stack lightweight chairs “seat to seat”, but avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other. Cover all upholstery with light cotton dust covers.
  • Wrap lamp bases in padding and store the lamp shade and base separately.
  • Holiday decorations can be stored in their original cartons. Wrap glass ornaments and other delicate items in bubble wrap or newspaper before storing in boxes or totes.
  • CDs, tapes, records and other music items can be stored in boxes or airtight cartons to prevent damage.
  • Cover computer screens and large televisions with dust covers and wrap in bubble wrap if you are storing these items next to furniture and other equipment.

Prohibited Storage Goods

Even though you alone control access to your storage space, there are some items that cannot be stored in your unit at any time. These include:
  • Automobiles
  • Boats
  • Live Animals or Animal Carcasses
  • Perishables or Food and Beverages
  • Piled Clothing
  • Loose Papers or Kindling
  • Liquids
  • Explosives
  • Gasoline or Flammable Liquids
  • Used Tires
  • Unlawful Goods of Any Nature
  • Animals or Animal Carcasses
  • Anything That Creates Odors Like Fertilizer or Any Item That Will Spoil
  • Any Substance Classifies by the State or Federal law as a Toxic Substance or Toxic Waste
  • Any items that need to be in a controlled environment