Self storage tips

Shurgard Self Storage wants you to have a great self storage experience. Here are tips on how to handle every step of the storage process. As true storage experts, we can help you with all your storage needs.

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Expert advice


Map it!
No need for hidden treasures here. Simply scribble a basic drawing like this one, pointing out locations for all “must-find-agains.” Then tack it to the wall and let your memory work hard elsewhere.

Divide. And conquer.
Allow for a clear path down the centre of your unit, placing items along the walls. Yes, you’ll want to reach the back part again— you know, for that thingamabob that goes with the thingamajig.
  Do “front” with us
That is, plan to keep your frequently used items at the FRONT of your unit. Duh, right? But we just had to say it…
Think “stack” when you pack
Make the best use of your space by stacking to the ceiling! To do this safely, pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes to provide a stable base, then place the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the stack. Voila!
  Tip-toe is a no-no
Only bad things can happen when you’re tempted to over-reach. Keep a folding stepstool inside your unit for accessing items stored above your head and forever hear only sweet words spoken inside your unit.
Optimisation tools
Keeping some basic stuff such as screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers and a utility knife around will pay-off big when removing removables. Like making leafy, leggy tables leg-less and half-sized.
  If walls could talk…
They’d say, “Welcome new boxes, but could you give us at least an inch.” All will coexist peacefully if you keep this distance in mind for proper air circulation.
Re-purpose the fridge
Use that lonely, vacant interior space for anything that fits. We like books and CDs. Just leave the door wedged open for circulation. Your milk never has to know…
  Dress for success
As it turns out, this works for beds and furniture, too. Simply cover and pad with protective materials designed specifically for them to help ensure they stay in perfect condition.
Trash stuff
Storing empty rubbish bins? And how about stuff like shovels, hoses and garden supplies? Put them in the bin for an organized unit, and more room for more stuff!
  Fume less
Drain the fuel tanks of lawnmowers, weedwackers and leaf blowers before storing. Removing nasty fumes means you’ll never be angered by your oak dresser smelling like a lawnmower. Keep it oak-y— dokey.
Use us like neighbours
Pop-on over to the manager’s offce to borrow trolleys to make moving the heavy stuff a piece of cake. Thank him with some cake if you feel like it. Chocolate is always good.


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