Helpful Storage Tips

To help make your storage experience more enjoyable and less stressful, here is a list of helpful tips from Northwest Storage. These tips will help you organize and protect your possessions better.

Call 402-470-3223 if you have any questions for our on-site manager.

Organization for Stored Possessions

  • Make a list of the items you’re storing. Include photos for highly valuable items. Keep the list and photos in a safe, easy-to-find place
  • Create an organization plan for your unit ahead of time. It will save time and hassle
  • To make the best use of space, store couches on end and stack chairs seat to seat
  • Store blankets, clothes, china, silverware, knickknacks, and other small items in larger pieces and furniture drawers
  • Wrap breakables in tablecloths, towels, or blankets
  • Don’t forget to leave a walkway through the center of the unit for easy access
  • Store possessions in same-sized boxes that can hold 25 to 30 pounds for easy stacking
  • Put heavier items on the bottom of the stack. Don’t overpack boxes. They’ll be too heavy to handle and dangerous, too
  • Leave room against the wall for air flow within the unit
  • Use pallets or blankets to keep your things off of the floor
  • Consider buying shelving units to make better use of the available space
  • Label boxes on all sides – you’ll save time and headaches down the road
  • Pack items that you’ll access frequently near the front
  • Disassemble large pieces like bed frames, tables, etc., to save space and prevent breakage. Keep the parts, screws, etc., together with tape
  • Clean out appliances before storing them. To prevent mildew, leave the doors ajar on refrigerators and microwaves
  • Prevent rust on metal tools, bikes, etc., by applying a small amount of oil. Be sure to keep them separate from items you don’t want spoiled by the oil
  • Don’t lay mirrors and paintings flat – store them on end. Wrap and clearly mark them as fragile
  • Lay blankets or cloths over, between, and beneath furniture and mattresses to prevent scratching, ripping, and dust buildup
  • Wrap cushions to keep them clean
  • Prop mattresses so they stand straight. This prevents them from bending out of shape
  • Place mouse packets in the corners of your unit. DO NOT OPEN THEM! If packets are empty, replace them. Packets are available for purchase in our office. We don’t have a rodent problem, but prevention measures ensure no problems in the future
  • Drain all gas and oil from lawnmowers, snowblowers, etc. It’s illegal to store hazardous or combustible materials
  • To prevent staining on clothes, put mothballs on the floor – not in the boxes
  • Never give out your access code or keys to someone you don’t trust
  • Don’t store food in your unit
  • Never hesitate to ask us any questions you may have before or during move-in
  • Place cardboard or a protective covering under a vehicle or lawn mower to protect the floor and other items in the unit

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