The Dos and Don'ts for Storing

Published on 2/13/2023

Self-storage is a great option to utilize long-term or short-term for when remodeling, moving, run out of space, or simply to de-clutter your household.  However, there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when storing your property that will help ensure you get the most out of your storage space.

-        Don’t store restricted items. These restrictions exist to protect you and keep the facility safe and clean. Restricted items include the following:

o   Valuable or priceless items, such as antiques, expensive artworks, and heirlooms. As a general rule, if you can’t live without it or the insurance can’t cover the value, then don’t store it.

o   Cash.

o   Perishable items. Anything that could spoil, emit foul odors, rot, or attract bugs or animals should not be stored. This includes living or dead items such as plants, human waste, or human ashes.

o   Firearms and ammunition. 

o   Contraband or illegal items.

o   Hazardous, flammable, or toxic materials. For example, items such as fertilizer, paint thinner, and propane tanks should not be stored.

o   Fuel, oil, or grease.

o   Wet items that can grow mold.

-        Do use a disk lock. A disc lock protects your valuables from theft because they are nearly unbreakable and designed to prevent theft. Combination and key locks may be useful for the gym but they can easily be cut off with bolt cutters or picked. A disc lock made out of stainless steel is cut-resistant, pry-resistant, saw-resistant, and drill-resistant making them the best style of lock for protecting your valuables.

-        Do get insurance to protect your valuables. If you do not have insurance then our tenant protection plan can cover you. Insurance can protect you in case of damage, loss, or burglary.

-        Do pack your items to protect them. Packing your items well will ensure that they stay in great condition and allow you to efficiently use your storage space. To prevent unwanted damage to fragile items, wrap them in bubble wrap, towels, or even newspaper.

-        Do clean your items before storing. Cleaning your items before storing will prevent mold growth or attracting bugs or animals.

-        Do store your items with accessibility in mind. Place your items that need more frequent access at the front of your unit.

-        Do label your boxes. Also, creating an inventory of your belongings via pen and paper or a spreadsheet as you load them into boxes will help you find them more quickly.

If you have any questions about what to store and how to best store your property, please ask us and we will be happy to help you with solutions. At Lorain Mini Storage, we are here to help you get the most out of your storage. Give us a call or stop by today at our storage facility in Lorain, Ohio!