Helpful Tips and Tricks

· The humidity in your self-storage unit can cause your furniture to warp and your appliances to mildew. Leaving a space between your stuff and the unit’s wall allows for air to circulate within the unit. Laying plastic sheeting on the floor and stacking boxes on top of wooden pallets can prevent condensation damage. So can using old linens or other fabrics, instead of plastic, to protect your stuff from dust. 

· If you’re storing a refrigerator in your unit leave the door ajar. This will prevent mold from growing inside

· Besides just being creepy, insects, spiders, moths, and rodents can wreak havoc on your stuff. They chew it up, leave their droppings all over it, and cause some serious stink if they die in it. Unless you’re looking for new friends, here’s how to keep pests out of your storage unit:

· Baits and traps are useful, but for some extra protection, place some dryer sheets in the corners of your unit as well as in the boxes (you will need to replace them once per month for maximum results). Not only will the odor dissuade pests, but your stuff will smell like a crisp, spring morning!

· If you’re storing your vacuum, make sure the vacuum bag is completely empty, because there’s nothing that attracts pests faster than particles of old food. Can you blame them?

· Few things will destroy your fine goods faster than humidity. When it comes to antiques, furniture, and artwork, moisture–and the mold that often develops as a result–is not your friend. To keep humidity at bay, follow these tips:

·  Avoid cardboard boxes for long-term storage as this material is more susceptible to humidity (or if you do use cardboard, keep it off the concrete floor which may seep moisture). The best storage containers are plastic boxes with air-tight lids.

· To absorb the moisture from the air, place some charcoal in a saucepan. Yes, this really works.

· Allow some ventilation throughout the storage unit by putting your items on wooden pallets and leaving a small space between the walls and your stuff.

· If you store appliances that use water (like a washing machine), wipe the insides of them with baking soda to remove any traces of H20.