Storage Tips

Below are some tips on self storage in Costa Mesa at Storage on Newport @ 17th.

Rent the smallest amount of space you will need. Don't pack too tight, so you can access all your belongings. Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers, and packing material (i.e., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper, or towels).

  • If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.

  • Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.

  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

  • Place your storage items on 2"x4" boards or on pallets, as concrete floors may become cold and damp.

  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.

  • CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.).

  • Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.

  • Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

  • Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)

  • List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in cardboard and marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on-end.

  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap these items in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.

  • Larger appliances make excellent "packaging cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.

  • Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

  • Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack empty cans inside each other.

  • Tables that have removable legs can be broken down to save space.

  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on-end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.

  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

  • Wipe any items made of metal; bikes, tables, tools, etc., with machine oil to prevent rusting.

  • Mattresses should be encased in a mattress cover to prevent mold.