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Mini-Storage Tips from Crescent Ridge Mini Storage in West Des Moines, Iowa

  • Plan your storage space.
  • Contact your insurance agent regarding insurance extensions on storage.
  • Inventory your stored items and keep a list in a safe, secure location.
  • Place all items you need regularly towards the front.
  • Pack the valuable items toward the rear of the unit.
  • If possible store in plastic containers. When storing in cardboard boxes on concrete request pallets to avoid direct contact with the floor.
  • Place heavy items in sturdy boxes and pack on the bottom.
  • Stack lighter boxers on top of heavier boxes.
  • When possible use same size boxes for easy stacking.
  • List the contents of each box on all four sides.
  • Place mattresses straight on end with support to secure shape.
  • Allow for walking space throughout your unit.
  • When possible, save space by removing legs from tables and chairs.
  • Utilize furniture drawers as storage space for fragile and small items.
  • Fragile items should be wrapped in packing paper or bubble wrap, marked fragile and placed on top of heavier more stable boxes.
  • Fill all boxes to capacity to avoid tipping and collapsing.
  • Leave doors on refrigerators ajar to avoid mildew and moisture damage.
  • Put mattresses, sofas and chairs in storage bags.
  • Cover items to protect against dust.
  • Use Caution: Do not store hazardous, toxic, explosive, corrosive, or combustible materials such as gasoline, solvents, paints, etc. Be sure to empty gas and oil from all small machines.