Storage & Packing Tips

At Keepers Self Storage, we care about the safety of your belongings. Below are a few tips on how to organize and pack to insure a successful move.

  • Store the items you’ll use the most at the front for easy access.
  • Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.
  • To deter rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
  • When storing business files, leave a walkway down the center of your unit to make accessing items easier. 
  • Label boxes on all sides for easy identification.
  • Do not store anything flammable (such as paint or other chemicals) or perishable.

Keepers Self Storage

(917) 983-9703

2577 Forest Ave Staten Island, NY 10303

Preparation for Your Move

  • Disconnect all appliances.
  • Disassemble all beds and tables.
  • Box-up TVs and stereos.

Boxes

  • Be sure to use good quality boxes; check with your Keepers Storage location to see if boxes and other packing materials are available to purchase.
  • Place heavy items in small boxes for easy lifting.
  • Fill your boxes completely and securely close them. (Keep boxes
    under 30 lbs for easy lifting)
  • Label the boxes to allow you to identify the contents.
  • Close and securely tape all boxes.
Helpful tips for Moving and Storage at Keepers Self Storage in Staten Island, NY
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Breakables

  • Use a dish-pack or glassware box for greater protection.
  • Wrap each item with protective wrap or foam; place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of the box.
  • Nest cups and bowls, and stand dishes, saucers and platters on edge; wrapped glassware should be packed upright near the tops of cartons.
  • Pack paper into all open spaces to ensure a tight fit.
  • Label all boxes containing glassware; do not place heavy items on top of these boxes.

Holiday Decorations

  • Save the original cartons that contain delicate ornaments.
  • Pad with packing paper.
  • Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard then place in a carton lined with packing paper.

Lamps

  • Wrap large lamp bases in padding; smaller lamps should be wrapped and placed into boxes.
  • 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 lamps or lamp shades.
Storage Tips at Keepers Self Storage in Staten Island, NY

Large Appliances

  • Make sure to thoroughly clean all appliances.
  • A refrigerator or freezer should be clean and dry and stored with its door slightly ajar.
  • Utilize space inside for more storage.
  • Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers.
Family moving with the help of the storage tips from Keepers Self Storage

Furniture

  • Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand mirrors, pictures, mattresses and couches on end with protective covers over them.
  • Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper; if a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up.
  • Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items.
  • Keep upholstery off the floor.
  • Stack chairs seat-to-seat if possible or place upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled.
  • Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses.
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls to aid ventilation.