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18205 Bothell-Everett Highway Bothell, WA 98012    |    (425) 381-2726

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Packing for self-storage is an art and you'll need to put some thought into it before you begin. After all, one of the primary advantages of using a self-storage facility is the fact that you can continue to access your items.

The first thing to remember is to pack in such a way that you can find things at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you've put away. Make an inventory of what you've packed and where it is as you go along. Other packing and storage preparation tips include:

• Make an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store to help with accurate insurance policies.
  (You can purchase insurance HERE)

• Invest in good quality sturdy boxes and packing materials - box strength degrades with use. If you buy 
  boxes of similar sizes it'll be easier to stack them securely in the self-storage facility and will save you  

• Box everything that you can – Wrap everything else in plastic to prevent dust or damage in the move.

Fill boxes to capacity wherever possible to avoid breakages but avoid making them too heavy - remember you'll have to be able to lift them. You can use materials such as paper or towels or can buy special packing to fill spaces if necessary. Depending on the space you opt to rent from your self-storage facility, you might be stacking boxes on top of each other and the lower levels need to be sturdy enough to take the strain. Boxes that are only partly filled may tip over or collapse.

• Label all boxes clearly so you can identify the contents and keep an inventory. Label them on more than 
  one side so you can see what's what quickly. Mark 'Fragile' on any boxes containing breakable items.

• Don't be tempted to fill large boxes with heavy items such as books as they'll quickly become impossible to 
  carry and may break. You can buy small book boxes from your self-storage facility that will do the job just 
  as well. If you do pack heavy items in a large box put in just a few and then fill the box up with lighter items.

• Don't pack items into sealed plastic bags, as humidity can cause mildew.

• Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.

• Don't store wet items in a self-storage facility as they can cause water damage, mold and mildew.

• Large appliances need care before placing in a self-storage facility - make sure you defrost fridges and 
  freezers thoroughly before storing them otherwise you'll be leaving yourself open to water damage. Tie 
  doors up for the move, although you should leave them slightly ajar once in storage to stop condensation 
  forming and help ward off bad odors. Drain washing machines before storing them and tie down hoses etc. 
  Appliances should be clean and dry and it'll be worthwhile wiping the insides over with bicarbonate of soda 
  before you store them.

• Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments etc separately. Paper will do but 
  bubble wrap is a good investment. Pack them tightly into strong boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. 
  Avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones in the storage.

• If you're going to be storing clothes think about buying wardrobe or clothes boxes - you'll then be able to 
  simply hang the clothes in them and they'll keep their shape. It's not wise to simply put your clothes in bin 
  liners in a as moisture can get trapped inside when they're sealed and your clothes could be ruined.

• For the best protection for mirrors and pictures, wrap them in a protective covering such as bubble wrap 
  and stack them on their ends. Mirrors and pictures should never be stored flat. Mark them as 'Fragile'.

• Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.

• If you're storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, invest in covers, bags or sheeting to 
  give them some additional protection. Stand sofas and mattresses on end wherever possible to save space 
  and don't stack too much on top of soft furnishings. Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should 
  be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting.

• If you're storing a few items of furniture on top of each other a simple dust sheet or cover placed between 
  items will minimize scratching and damage.

• You'll save space if you can dismantle furniture such as beds and tables- make sure you keep hold of all the 
  bits so you can get it all back together again! Wrap and cover furniture sections and keep them together,
  clearly marked, for quick retrieval. You can put components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic 
  bag, mark them clearly and tape to the relevant piece of furniture. Store large pieces of furniture vertically to 
  save space.

• Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space. Cover chair legs with protective wrapping for extra 

• Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture spray before storing to give it some added 

• Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes wherever 
  possible. If this isn't possible, pack them into boxes that are about the right size making sure that you pack 
  gaps with paper etc. Make sure you tie down the player arm of a record player and secure your turntable.

• If you're storing items with fuel tanks such as lawn mowers and cars etc, drain the tanks before you put 
  them in storage. Fuel is one of the few things that you CANNOT store for safety reasons.

• Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing to avoid rust formation.

• You can tie tools and long-handled items in bundles. Don't store a brush resting on the bristles.

• Don't store vacuum cleaners with dirty bags in them to reduce dust and dirt.

• Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.

• To store loose photographs, tape them together flat and store in plastic containers.

• Think creatively and you'll make more space. Plan to use furniture drawers as an extra box (they are 
  especially good for fragile items) and you can use the inside of wardrobes to store boxes. Kitchen 
  appliances such as stoves and fridges can also be used in this way.

• Seal all your boxes with packing tape- this will help keep dust out of the contents.
18205 Bothell-Everett Highway Bothell, WA 98012    |    MillCreek@NwStorages.com
(425) 381-2726
(425) 381-2726
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5 X 5 - (25sq. Ft) Great for storing extra items, stacking boxes, seasonal items and file storage.
5 X 10 - (50sq. ft) Size of a walk-in closet. Holds contents of a typical studio apartment, great for college students or for storing important business files.
10 X 10 (100sq ft) Fits contents of a 1 to 2 bedroom apartment including appliances, plus boxes. This size is popular due to it's equal width which makes room for extra wide items or allowing for a walkway.
5 X 15 (75sq ft) Fits the contents of a 1 bedroom apartment with limited appliances, extra boxes and small items.
10 X 15 (150sq ft) Larger than a one-car garage, this storage space holds the items of a three-bedroom apartment or small house plus extra boxes and small items.
10 X 20 (200sq ft.) The equivalent of a one-car garage and lots more. This storage space accommodates a large three bedroom home or apartment and more. It also may be used to store a car, truck, boat or RV.
10 X 25 (250sq ft) This will hold the contents of a 26' moving truck. It is large enough to store household goods and boxes from a 3-4 bedroom apartment or house (2,000 sq. ft.) with appliances, patio furniture and many boxes, plus yard or exercise equipment. It can also accommodate Boats/RV's
We have developed this guide to help you find the storage size that fits your needs! Feel confident that you are getting the most for your money at our Storage locations. If you think you would like a pathway, consider getting one unit size larger than you think you may need, to prevent having to upgrade and move all your items again. Our storage experts are here to help you with your storage needs as well. Call us or stop by the storage and they will be happy to assist you.  
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