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Storage Tips

Here are a few Stop & Stor storage tips we compiled to keep your belongings safe and sound in NYC.

Carrying Stop & Stor storage boxes

A quality lock for your storage unit is a must

  • Stop & Stor has locks available for purchase that can help keep your self storage items safe.

Store Safely

  • Be careful not to store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals) or perishable (such as food that is not permanently sealed).
  • When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage.
  • Don’t pack valuables (jewelry, family photos, etc.) or anything you don’t want to lose. Instead, carry those items with you—no matter what.

Store Strategically

  • Take an inventory of what you are storing and keep it in a safe place. Label each storage box on all sides.
  • Place items that you will need access to in the front of the storage unit. Place heavier items on the bottom.
  • Use furniture, such as dressers and cabinets, to store items such as silverware, pictures, and other small items.
  • Leave a center aisle for access.
  • Place valuable items such as televisions and stereos toward the rear of the storage unit.

Be careful when storing furniture

  • Beds, tables, and other unwieldy pieces should be disassembled, stand on end when possible to save space.
  • Wrap furniture in storage blankets for extra protection.
  • Treat the surfaces of wood furnishings before placing in storage. Keep furniture off the ground, use pallets, wood boards, or plastic sheets.
  • Mirrors, pictures, and other delicate items should be wrapped, packed in cardboard and marked fragile.
  • Mattresses should be in a mattress bag and stored flat on top of furniture, or an even stack of boxes is a good place.
  • Secure all doors and draws to keep from opening.

Other storage ideas

  • Larger appliances can serve as great places to store blankets, towels, and sheets.
  • Refrigerator doors should be slightly ajar, with an open box of baking soda inside to keep it smelling fresh.
  • Add protective covers to all furniture and electronic items.
  • Wardrobe boxes make moving easy, and clothes stay nice too.