At Storage Works, we understand your valuables are important to you. Our professional staff is committed to helping you store your items in a safe and proper manner.
To ensure your experience with Storage Works is a pleasant one, we have provided our customers with a few tips on how to properly store certain items. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our managers so they may help you.
Place furniture on skids or other type of raised surface in order to items off of the floor. Removing the legs from tables or placing tables upside down will help save space. Dismantling bed frames and sitting mattresses on end will also help take up less space. Lightweight boxes can be stacked on top of sturdy furniture. Lastly, cover furniture with plastic sheets in order to protect items from dust, moisture, etc.
Refrigerators and freezers should be thoroughly cleaned and dry and stored with doors slightly ajar. An opened fresh box of baking soda can be placed inside the refrigerator and/or freezer in order to absorb lingering odors. Certain items may be stored inside kitchen appliances or be placed on top. Stoves and other cooking appliances shall be thoroughly cleaned before storing as well.
Bedding, clothing, curtains, drapes and linens
Wardrobe boxes should be used to store clothing, curtains, and other linens which can be hung on hangers. All of our facilities offer wardrobe boxes for purchase. Other items which cannot be stored on a hanger may be stored in dresser drawers, cedar chests, or totes.
Dishes and glassware
Dishes, glassware, and other fragile items shall be wrapped in protective packing material and placed tightly inside a box. Ideally, glassware shall be placed inside specifically designed glassware packing boxes which are sold at all Storage Works locations. Make to sure to label all boxes containing glassware and other fragile items and refrain from stacking heavy items on top of these boxes.
Books and other paper documents
Boxes containing books shall be placed on skids or other elevated surface to prevent absorption of moisture. Paper documents shall be placed in filing cabinets or special filing boxes. These items should not be placed directly on the floor either.
Temperature control vs. standard storage
Temperature controlled storage is designed to maintain a set temperature range—usually between 50-55 degrees in the winter and 75-80 degrees in the summer. These units are typically located inside a finished building. The advantages are controlled air temperature and less dust. This type of storage is ideal for photos, important files, electronics, clothing, musical instruments, and furniture. If your stored valuables are susceptible to freezing, warping, shrinking, heat, or humidity, they should be stored in a temperature controlled space.
Pack your storage space carefully
Pack your space carefully. If possible, leave an aisle way open in order to access all of your items. Keep frequently used items towards the front of the space for easier access. Place heavy items on the ground and stack lighter items on top. Do not stack items too high where they pose a risk of toppling.
Prohibited storage goods
Common sense, state and federal laws, and our rental agreement determine what items may be stored. You control access to your space and are responsible for your stored items and therefore should never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, hazardous materials, or other items which require a controlled environment. Also, all fuel must be drained from gasoline engines before storing.
Insure your goods in storage
The items you place in Storage Works spaces are the sole responsibility of you and insurance for your stored belongings is required. Items are not insured by us. You may be covered under an insurance policy you already have. Check with your insurance agent. Otherwise, customer content insurance is available through Storsmart Insurance at our storage facilities.