Plan ahead. Have enough packing supplies ready before
you start. Use uniform boxes for easy stacking. Think
about how you want your storage unit arranged; remember
items first into the storage unit will be the last ones
to come out. If at all possible, make a walkway through
the unit. Allow a small space between your items and the
walls. Store valued items towards the back.
Have a system in place; taking the time to be
organized will make a stressful event a little more
durable. Mark your boxes with numbers on all four sides.
Keep a list of contents from each box with you. Label
all 'fragile' boxes to make sure nothing gets stacked on
top of them.
Refrigerators and/or freezers should be thoroughly
dry and stored with doors slightly ajar. Some goods can
be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be
stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers.
Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned
before they are stored.
Books and Documents
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not
place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets
or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to
fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile
items in the same box with books and do not overload.
Label boxes for easy retrieval. Place the heaviest
boxes on the bottom. Fill your boxes completely so
that they will not collapse when stacked.
Clean all clothing before hanging them in a wardrobe
box for storage. Blankets and draperies should
also be cleaned and then hung in wardrobe boxes.
Dishes and Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at
the top of boxes containing glassware. Ideally these
items should be stored in a specifically designed dish
pack box (available in the office). All glass items
should be individually wrapped: nest cups and bowls and
stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped
glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again,
fill all pockets with packing materials. Label all boxes
containing glassware and do not place heavy items on
boxes containing glassware. Keep dish pack boxes
under 30 pounds for easy lifting.
Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes.
Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing
screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
Furniture and Upholstery
Place a pallet on the floor to protect furniture.
Allow space between the fabric and dust cover. Never use
plastic, it can collect moisture and cause mildew.
Mattresses should be covered and stored flat.
Break down beds and tables. Use protective covers
for your wood surfaces before storing. Store tabletops and sofas on
end to save space. Use dresser tops for stacking
cartons and consider your furniture
drawers for storing delicate items. Wrap these items
with bubble wrap or packing paper. Most
lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or
placed upside down on tables which cannot be
Save the original cartons that contained delicate
ornaments and 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
Wrap large lamps and place them in boxes and pack
delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to
wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged
by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons
containing lamp shades.
Paintings and Pictures
Large paintings or framed pictures should be stored
in specially designed art/mirror boxes.
Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag
containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust.
Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes
should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.
Insure Your Items in Storage
The items you place in AAA Storage spaces are the
sole responsibility of you, their owner. Items are not
insured by AAA Storage. A good quality lock is the best
way to ensure the safety and security of your
belongings, regardless of any security system a storage
facility may have. Check with your insurance carrier for
coverage, or ask a storage consultant for a referral.
Remember, if it's worth storing, it's worth insuring.
Prohibited Storage Items
Common sense and state laws determine what may be
stored. You alone control access to your storage space;
therefore, never store live animals, perishables,
liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic
materials, or other items that need a controlled
environment. Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline
engines before storage.
How Much Space Will I Need?
Use our size estimator as a beginning reference when
thinking about what size will accommodate your
belongings. Itís also a good idea to stop in and look at
several spaces in order to get a feel for the size you
A Few Suggestions As You Store Your
Place items you may need
most frequently near the front of the storage
Don't store perishable or
combustible items (such as paint and chemicals)
Drain fluids from lawn and
garden equipment to avoid corrosive damage
Use trash cans to store
shovels, hoes and rakes
Use a dehumidifier if
you're storing heirlooms to prevent mildew