Mr. Storage’s Self Storage Tips
Looking for self storage and a few tips to get you started on the right foot? Not only is Mr. Storage the destination for self storage expertise in the Toledo, OH, community, but we also compiled a list of our top packing and storage tips to help you make the most of the space you are renting. Start your storage journey with Mr. Storage today!
Self Storage Tips for Finding Space & Packing
Choose Your Storage Unit
You have many self storage options in the Toledo, OH, area. So how do you choose a storage facility—and more specifically storage units—to house your belongings? Start by searching for self storage storage close to your home, work, business, or regular commutes. You are looking for convenience as much as you are looking for product and service.
Another factor to consider is your specific storage needs. Different storage units offer their own advantages, and some might be better suited for your individual situation. Drive-up storage units make unloading significantly easier by reducing the amount of heavy lifting needed to load your storage unit. You can unload from your vehicle directly into your storage unit. On the other hand, indoor storage units provide temperature control, which gives an extra layer of protection for items that might be sensitive to changing humidity and other weather conditions.
Check Mr. Storage’s three self storage locations around Toledo to start getting your items organized. We are located in the Glendale-Heatherdowns neighborhood, as well as Swan Creek. Click on the specific location to see its storage features, and use our storage calculator to figure out what size storage unit you should rent.
Packing Tips for Your Boxes
1. Prep Before Packing
To get the best outcome when packing your items into storage, you need to take care of them as you are packing them away. Fragile items will require additional padding to keep them secure throughout moves. You can stock up on packing supplies, like boxes and bubble wrap, at your closest Mr. Storage office. And while you are there, talk with our storage experts to clear up any additional questions you may have before you start renting storage—also check our Self Storage FAQ to see if your question can be answered instantly! It is important to understand the rules and expectations before renting storage.
2. General Packing Rule: Heavy on the Bottom, Light on Top
As you begin packing your boxes and your storage unit, use this same key piece of advice to guide you. Start with heavy, large objects as a foundation, and only stack items on top that are lighter than the one under it. This will prevent your boxes from breaking under the pressure inside and around them.
3. Clean & Cover
In order to return to your items in good condition after a long stay in storage, you should clean and protect them before placing them in storage. Items like appliances, equipment, and electronics do much better covered into storage long-term to discourage dust and dirt build-up. But before you cover them, clean away germs and water that could develop damage or odors over time.
4. Pack Air-Tight to Keep Out Moisture & Pests
Another way to ward off damage is to pack with air-tight containers. Deter bugs and moisture-related damage from step one. Some items that would especially benefit from being packed in airtight containers include antiques, clothing, electronics, and documents.
Packing Tips for Your Storage Unit
1. Create an Organized Layout
The idea of self storage is to make your life easier by helping you stay organized. The best way to achieve that is to take a planned approach to packing your rental. As you go to place boxes in your storage unit, leave room down the center of the storage unit for an aisle to give you easy access to boxes in all corners. Then group similar items together, like shed or kitchen equipment, to find them quickly later. If you plan to stop by your storage unit frequently, you can leave your most-needed items close to the front door for a time-saving grab.
2. Utilize Your Entire Storage Space
You are paying for your storage rental, so make the most of the space. If you are storing a lot of items, you may want to consider using shelving for organization and to stack higher in the space.
3. Don’t Store Perishables
So what can’t you store? Perishables like food will go bad quickly, and when they do, they will begin to attract pests. It is best to avoid this altogether by storing these items in your everyday storage space in your home or business. You also cannot store dangerous, flammable items or money. Check out a more complete list from Move.org.
Vehicle Storage Tips
Long-term storage of a vehicle can save you a lot of space on your property, but it is not as simple as dropping it off and leaving it. Vehicles of all sizes require additional care to give it a better chance of running as smoothly as possible when you need it again. Get its oil changed if you are storing long-term, top off the gas tank to prevent moisture build-up, and add a fuel stabilizer. Then, clean it inside and out—any dirt there will only accumulate over time. Follow more of Edmund’s vehicle storage tips.
When you need vehicle storage, Mr. Storage has you covered with available outdoor parking space at our storage facility on South Detroit Avenue next to Pickford Park. Rent your space online today.
Mr. Storage: Self Storage in Toledo, OH
Are you ready to get your space organized? Mr. Storage has the self storage units and tools you need for easy short-term or long-term storage. Our storage space is versatile to mold to your needs, whether you are looking for a small space for residential storage or a large storage unit for commercial storage. Take a look at our contactless storage rentals to browse our different storage facilities and storage unit options near you. Rent or reserve your storage unit in Toledo, OH, completely online!