Helpful Tips for your Self Storage Unit in the Manchester & Hooksett, NH Area

Make your storage unit clean and easily accessible so you can always reach your items.

For packing and storing ideas, check out the tips that we share, based on our 12 years of experience. 
  • Store items you'll use most at the front of the unit where you can get to them easily.
  • Leave a center aisle for easy access. 
  • Shelving should be placed against the walls. Boxes and small items should be stored on the shelves.
Things to Keep At-Hand
  • Color-coded stickers and labels.
  • Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
  • Notebook and pencil for identification log.
  • Scissors and/or box knife.
  • Packing boxes in sizes ranging from small to large.
  • Stuffing for fragile items.
Packing Tips & Hints
  • Pack as much as you can into boxes. It will cut down on the room used in your unit.
  • Reinforce the bottom of all boxes with tape. 
  • Pack heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes. 
  • Keep the weight of each box down to a manageable level. 
  • Use proper labeling. Mark fragile boxes. Identify the "Top" or "This side up" of fragile boxes. 
  • Pack extra linens, pillows and stuffed animals in large garbage bags and tape closed. These bags can be used as cushions or fillers in your unit.

Major Appliances & Furniture
  • Large appliances should be packed last and loaded first on moving day. Consult your user's manual.
  • A refrigerator or freezer should be clean and dry. Shelves should be either secured in place or detached and wrapped. Disconnect wires and leave doors open for circulation.
  • Make sure all appliances are clean and disconnected.
  • Tape down wires, coils and knobs.
  • Place a pallet, cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor for clean and raised surface.
  • Disassemble beds, tables and other stored pieces of furniture. 

Décor, Dishes, Bedding, Tools & More!
Mirrors, Windows, Screens
  • These items should be stored upright, not flat. Cross mirror glass with a series of masking tapes "X" to help strengthen the glass, then wrap in a generous cushion of clean paper or bubble wrap.
Bicycles, Tools & Metal Items
  • Wipe a few drops of oil on bicycles and tools to prevent rusting. Store these items away from furniture to avoid oil staining. 
Dishes and Glassware
  • Begin with the larger items and put smaller items toward the top. 
  • Fine silver should be wrapped in cloth or silver paper. 
  • All glass items should be individually wrapped. 
  • Never put one piece inside of another. 
  • Stuff glasses with crumpled tissue or clean newsprint before wrapping. 
Lamps and Décor
  • Remove all bulbs and shades from lamps. 
  • Pack delicate lampshades separately. Do not store heavy items atop cartons containing lamps or lampshades. 
  • Wrap each wall hanging individually with bubble wrap, blankets or towels. 
  • Pack flat items on their edges.

Garage Items & Electronics
Lawn and Garage Items

• Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, snow blowers, chain saws and other equipment. 
• Disconnect all batteries. 
• Empty propane tanks. 
• Secure lid and immobilize moving parts
• Poisonous, flammable and corrosive items cannot be stored.

  • Make backup copies of all your files. All backup media is temperature sensitive. 
  • Remove any floppy diskettes, CDs and all other media (ZIP disks, etc.) from their drives close the drive door.
  • Remove ink cartridges from ink jet and laser printers. 
  • If you are moving a pin printer, insert a piece of paper in the platen to secure the print head.
  • Some scanners need to have the scanner bed secured before moving, consult the manual.
HI-FI/CD/Record Players
  • Get a roll of sticky labels and mark up every lead and connection. 
  • Check that the colors of the leads are consistent through the connections. 
  • Remove all cassettes, CDs, laser discs, from their apparatus before securing them for transit. 
  • Record albums, tapes, CDs should be stacked on end so they can absorb shock with less chance of damage.
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