Storage Tips & Information
Shepherd Self Storage provides a wide variety of products to assist you in the safe and efficient packing of your storage space. See a friendly on-site Shepherd manager for more information. Please take time to read the following tips to better assist you in your storage needs.
Guide to Self Storage - Helpful Tips
Determine if you need climate control or regular storage.
Regular storage is a traditional, low cost drive-up access to your unit to store items that are not sensitive to storage and temperature.
Our climate controlled storage is our premium product that is specially designed to store sensitive items such as books/paper, artwork/paintings, finer furniture, pharmaceuticals, vehicles, boats, RVs, motorcycles or anything else you want safely stored in a place without the risk of freezing/thaw, humidity or blistering temperatures.
Determine the packing accessories you need.
Paper, bubble wrap, tape, rope, drop cloths, sheets, furniture covers, pallets, skids, dehumidifiers, file boxes or a storage carton. Most of these items are also available for sale in our store.
Fill containers and boxes to capacity.
Partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Protect your fragile goods with packing and place them near the top of your storage space.
Keep a list of labeled boxes at your home or office for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
Pack the storage space carefully.
Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Do not lean items up against the walls. Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height, and place frequently used goods near the door.
Specific Storage Tips for some of the most commonly stored items:
A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances. Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
Books and Documents:
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use packing to fill all empty book pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes and Linens:
Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. We sell wardrobe style cardboard cartons, which help protect your clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage, and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
Dishes and Glassware:
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and the top of the boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups, bowls, stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing. Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.
Stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables, and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off of the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (e.g. a bedsheet) dust cover on your furniture. Our facility sells covers for your convenience.
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments. Pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.
Wrap large lamp bases in padding and wrap smaller lamps, then place them in boxes. Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.
Mirrors, Windows and Screens:
These items should be stored on edges, not flat.
Records and Photographs:
Records should be stored on edges to prevent warping.
Advantages of Climate Controlled Self Storage
- Dehumidifies the air
- Closed building (less dirt and less dust)
- Regulated temperature
- Avoid the elements when adding or removing items from your unit
- Paper, photos and records last much longer (less deterioration)
- Best for long term storage of sentimental items
- Antiques/Fabrics last much longer with less exposure to extreme temperatures and humidity
- Best for storage of musical instruments (Regulated temperature, dehumidified air, less dirt and dust)