Common Storage Mistakes When Choosing and Using Storage Units

Common Storage Mistakes when packing boxes for Self StorageIt seems easy enough, doesn’t it? You move your belongings from your home to a great storage facility in Cedar City. Like Cedar Storage, for instance! But here are a few uh-oh’s to be aware of as you move or prepare to move your stuff.

Storage Mistake #1: Using newspaper to wrap your belongings

You have the best of intentions to cushion your belongings, but the ink on newspaper can smudge and bleed all over your stuff. Cedar Storage does have cooler roofs thanks to protective shielding, but the units might still get a little toasty. Then you find yourself unpacking dirty items, perhaps some of them irreparably damaged or tarnished. It’s better to use bubble wrap or ink-free paper — even buying an inexpensive roll of butcher’s paper will save you from the ink smudges.

Storage Mistake #2: Storing food

Storing anything edible, even if just dry goods, can attract pests. Be realistic about what you’re putting in storage: will you really want that bag of rice after it sat there for six months or more? Probably not. Find someone else who will appreciate it, and save yourself from the potential invasion of bugs or, even worse, mice.

Storage Mistake #3: Not labeling your boxes

Navigating a self-storage unit filled with unlabeled boxes is like diving into a murky pool. You don’t know WHAT’S in there! Even if you intend to return and fully unpack your storage unit, you and your moving company will appreciate if you know where each box should go as you unpack. Or conversely, if you find you only need a few items removed from storage, it’s best to avoid rifling through every box to find what you need. Be sure to label each box clearly, and if you want to get really organized, keep a detailed inventory of each box elsewhere that corresponds with your more generalized labeling system. Another great way to track what is in your unit is to make a floor-plan of what boxes are in which corners and tape it to the wall inside where you can readily find it each time you enter.

Storage Mistake #4: Focusing only on the price

It can be tempting to go for the cheapest storage unit you can find, but is that really the best option for what you need? A more secure facility is also worth paying a little bit more for your own peace of mind. Remember, Cedar Storage offers a 3 step security system and we’ll match any price of competitors. Everyone makes mistakes. Just don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong storage company!

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3 Responses to “Common Storage Mistakes When Choosing and Using Storage Units”

  1. I had always heard about not storing food in a storage unit, but I had no idea that wrapping things in newspaper was a bad idea. I guess it makes sense that the ink could get all over, but I hadn’t thought about it before. I also love the advice to label your boxes. Looking for things in a storage unit with no labels can be a disaster. I know from personal experience. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I completely agree that you should label your boxes. When we were moving out of our apartment, we were in such a hurry that we forgot to label. It took us so much longer to unpack everything because nothing was organized. I can only imagine how it would be in a storage unit.

  3. I have a bad habit at not labeling my boxes. When I moved in a few months ago that was one of my mistakes. I had to downsize so I’m looking for a storage unit. I’ll be sure to take your advice and label what I have.

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