Storage 101

Published on 2/3/2020

Storage 101

It’s time to find a storage unit! Check out the range of storage units Behind Burger KING Storage has to offer. From smaller units to larger units that could fit furniture from a 4-bedroom home plus more.  It is easy to rent just click the rent online button or call 319-321-7101 or 563-357-3036 to rent one in person.

Packing your items:

  1. As you begin the packing process, create a list of all the items within the storage unit. If you want to be extra organized, also list where those items are stored. Doing this will help to ensure you know where everything is. Making it easy to just read the inventory and find things first go.
  2. Use good quality storage boxes. Tape the bottom of the boxes with heavy duty packing tape. This will prevent the bottom of the box to open during the move and damaging your belongings.  Don’t use just bags to store your items in.
  3. Heavy items should be packed into small boxes so that they are easy to lift.  Try to limit box weight to 30 pounds.
  4. Fill boxes to capacity, partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse.
  5. Label boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods. Place your label on all sides of the box.
  6. When packing boxes, try to limit the weight to 30 lbs. or less per box.
  7. Do not use newspaper to pack with. The ink may smudge off on your items.
  8. If storing wool items, use cedar ships or mothballs to prevent moth damage.
  9. Consider using vacuum storage for bedding and clothing.

Placing items into your storage unit:

  1. Place a pallet on the concrete floors. Do not place boxes directly on concrete.
  2. Leave a small space between the goods stored and the storage unit's walls.
  3. Put heavier items on the bottom.
  4. Put your larger items in your unit first.
  5. Keep items you may need to access frequently at the front.
  6. If possible, leave a Walkway to the Rear of the Unit ' this provides better accessibility to all your items.
  7. Consider portable storage racks.
  8. Disassemble furniture and other items such as bed frames to maximize space.
  9. Stand mattresses and sofas on end to maximize your space.
  10. Use your bureau drawers as packing space. Many small fragile items can be stored safely in your dresser drawers surrounded by blankets and pillows.
  11. Do not stack heavy or folded objects where they could shift or collapse when you move or need access.
  12. Always place a protective cover over your soft furnishings (mattress sets, sofa, recliners, etc.).
  13. Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses.
  14. Take advantage of the tops of dressers and the like to stack boxes and other items.
  15. To maximize space, stack similar sized boxes together.
  16. Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothing; remember to fill the bottom of the wardrobe box with shoes, pillows, or other light items.
  17. Garden equipment should be cleaned before storing.
  18. Check your inventory list as you put your items into your storage unit.  

For more storage tips refer to our Storage FAQs and Tips page.