Storage Tips

Parting with some of your most beloved items to place them in a storage facility can be difficult enough without having to worry about anybody stealing them. Many people collect expensive things over the years such as furniture, musical instruments, antiques, fine china and the like, and sometimes they run out of room to display them. Those people need a secure storage facility to ensure their precious belongings and collectibles won’t be taken away. Safe Guard Storage understands that you’re entrusting us with your possessions and we take that responsibility very seriously, that’s why we’ve taken every measure to give you peace of mind with our secure storage unit facility in Western Michigan, Grand Haven & Muskegon area’s

Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your valuables and keepsakes stored safely.

  • Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to get to in front. A good plan will save you time when searching for your items.
  • Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
  • Label your boxes on several sides and keep a list for easy reference.
  • Fill boxes with the heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
  • Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
  • To protect your items, cover them with moving pads, sheets, or blankets.
  • Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow for ventilation.
  • Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep in a safe place.
  • CAUTION: It is against the law to store materials that are HAZARDOUS or COMBUSTIBLE such as gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.
  • Use a good quality waterproof lock on your door. Cheap locks rust and freeze.


Specific Storage tips…

Appliances: A refrigerator of freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some items can be stored inside large appliances. Cartons can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers.

Furniture: Place a cardboard mat, wood or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas, chairs and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap the legs in paper. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Place a light dust cover over your furniture.

Bedding, Clothing, Drapes and Linen: Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers or carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chest along with bedding and linen.

Dishes and Glassware: Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing glassware. Label all cartons. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Store cups, bowls and plates on edge. Wrap glasses and place toward the top of the carton.

Mirrors, windows and screens: These items should be stored on edge not flat.

Lamps: Wrap large lamp bases in padding. Wrap smaller lamps and place them in cartons. Pack delicate lampshades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lampshades or any other goods, which may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on top of cartons containing lamps or lampshades.

Books and Documents: Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes on the floor. Use wood 2” X 4” to prevent moisture. Do not pack fragile items in the same carton with books. Do not overload.

Tools, Bicycles and other metal items: To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of oil. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses cab be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.

Thank you for your business. Steve and Netty.

1926 Independence Dr.
Muskegon, MI 49444
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