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Helpful storage and packing tips
 
Illiana Storage looks forward to a great self-storage relationship with you. Below are tips for successful and organized packing and a helpful guide to self storage.
  • Plan ahead and draw a diagram. As you begin to move your items into storage, make a simple drawing to show where items have been placed. Keep your frequently used items toward the front of the unit where they can be easily accessed. Leave a walkway to the rear of the unit, and place pallets on concrete floors.
  • Look up and make the best use of your vertical space. Stack largest and heaviest boxes at the bottom and use the unit space all the way to the ceiling, ending with the smallest and lightest box. Remember to leave a little space between the stored items and the walls of the unit for ventilation.
  • Protect your mattresses, box springs and furniture by covering them.
  • Be prepared and think of all the items you'll need before you start: boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap or packing paper, drop cloths, furniture covers, etc. Most packing supplies are available for purchase at our facility and can save you time running to other stores to purchase these items. Label and tape every box and keep a list of labeled boxes at your home or office.

Determine if you need climate control or regular storage
Climate Controlled storage is specifically designed to store items sensitive to extreme temperature and humidity changes. Items such as books, papers, artwork, paintings, musical instruments, electronics, pharmaceuticals, wood/leather furniture or anything else you need to store safely without the risk extreme heat or freezing temperatures.

Regular storage is the traditional low cost advantage to store items that are not sensitive to cold and heat or humidity issues.

Fill containers and boxes to capacity
Partially full or bulging boxes tend to tip or collapse. Don't be tempted to use garbage bags which can result in damage to your items from being knocked and from lack of ventilation, and never pack boxes heavier than you can lift without straining. Use large boxes for lightweight things like linens, pillows, lamps, etc, and smaller boxes for heavier items such as books, CDs etc. Check out some of our onsite packing supplies available.

Respect your breakables. Wrap dishes and glassware individually with bubble wrap or packing paper. Pad the box with additional bubble wrap. Nest cups and bowls together and stand plates and saucers on end. Wrapped glassware should be packed near the top of the box. Fill all empty airspaces in the box with packing material. Do not stack heavy items on boxes containing glassware. Clearly label boxes as fragile.

Tips for the most commonly stored items:
Appliances:

Be sure a refrigerator or freezer is completely clean and dry with the door slightly ajar to avoid mold or mildew. The interior of these larger appliances can be used to store smaller items. Boxes can also be stacked on top. All ovens/ranges or other cooking items must be clean before they are stored.

Books and Documents:
Books should be packed flat, not vertically, to prevent damage to their spines. Fill all empty airspaces in boxes with packing material. Do not overload and do not pack fragile items in the same box with books. Place boxes on pallets, not directly onto concrete floor, to provide ventilation and prevent moisture absorption.

Furniture:
Keep upholstery off of the floor. Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet on the floor. Stand mattresses and sofas on end. Most chairs can be stacked 'seat to seat' Disassemble beds and tables (use plastic bags to contain screws and bolts; tape to bedframe), wrap legs in packing paper. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons. Dresser drawers can also be used to store smaller items or delicate linens. Lastly, place a lightweight cotton dust cover over your furniture. 

Lamps should be wrapped in padding and placed in boxes. Delicate lampshades should be boxed separately. Make certain that heavy items are not stored on cartons containing lamps or lampshades

Fabrics - Clothing, Curtains, Bedding:
Hangers should be used for storing clothing, curtains and drapes. If no hanging cartons are available, these items can be folded and stored in cedar chest or dresser drawers. All clothing must be cleaned from any food stains or crumbs to avoid attracting pests.

Holiday/Seasonal Decorations:
These items are best stored in their original cartons. Delicate ornaments should also be wrapped in packing paper or bubble wrap. Strings of lights can be wrapped around a pieces of corrugated cardboard notched in an "H' shape and then nested into a box lined with packing material.

Records, Mirrors, Windows & Screens:
These items should not be stored flat. Store them on their edges to prevent bending or warping.

Tools, Bicycles and Metal Items:
All metal items should be clean and wiped down with a cloth containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust.