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Helpful Storage Tips


  1. Make it easy! Leave a path so you are able to get to your things. Place items you do not need often towards the back, and the ones you do need, towards the front.
  2. Keep your boxes in uniform size by stacking the lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
  3. Label all boxes to make items easier to find.
  4. To allow ventilation and minimize moisture, cover items using plastic covers and leave a small space between the wall and your storage items.
  5. To better protect the items stored, make sure your latch is closed and CYLINDER LOCK is always placed correctly on your unit.
  6. Good storage practice suggests you use pallets or other means of keeping goods away from direct contact with the floor.
  7. To avoid breakage, wrap dishes and other delicate items in wrapping paper and gently pack them in a dish pack box.
  8. Do not store any flammable/explosive materials or food of any kind. Your space is for dry storage only.
  9. Utilize ceiling height by storing your couch or long items upright. This will enable you to have more floor space.
  10. Do not give out your gate code or key to anyone else.

SSA Storage Tips

After choosing the right storage facility 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:

  • 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.
  • 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 placing on 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 ornament 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 screens 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:

  • Live animals
  • Perishables
  • Liquids
  • Explosives
  • Flammable liquids and fuels
  • Toxic materials
  • Any items that need to be in a controlled environment

Sources: Self Storage Association (SSA)


South Bay Storage Center
1234 W Anaheim St Harbor City, CA 90710
Phone: (310) 534-9500