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Helpful Hints | Specific Storage Tips | Selecting a Unit | Size Guidelines

Helpful Hints for Storage Customers

1. Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow for walkways.

2. Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.

3. Place your storage items on 2 x 4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

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

5. Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 lbs. to 30 lbs. (It is best not to put too much in each box).

6. List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes, seal them with tape. AA storage double bay

7. Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.

8. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

9. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.

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

11. Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.

12. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.

13. Tables having removable legs should be "broken down" to save space.

14. Sofas and love-seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

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

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

17. Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.

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

19. Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.

20. Use a good quality lock on your door. Cheap locks rust and do not provide good security.

Specific Storage Tips

APPLIANCES: A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its doors slightly ajar. Items can be stored inside large appliances. Cartons can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stove and baking equipment are cleaned before they are packed.

BICYCLES AND OTHER METAL ITEMS: To prevent rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS: Pack books flat To protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on floor. Use pallets or skids to prevent moisture. Use packing paper to fill out empty pockets in the cartons. Do not pack fragile items in the same carton with books. Do not overload.

BEDDING, CLOTHING, CURTAINS, DRAPES AND LINEN: Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging facilities are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linen. Some facilities sell wardrobe safe cardboard cartons which help protect your clothing. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage. Avoid storing anything that will attract rodents.

DISHES AND GLASSWARE: Place a layer of packing inside both the bottom and tops of cartons containing glassware. Label all cartons containing glass. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed toward the top of the carton with padding above them. Fill all pockets with newspaper. Do not place heavy items atop boxes containing glassware.

FURNITURE: Place a pallet, cardboard mat or plastic sheet on the floor and 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 the floor. Most lightweight chairs should be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Place a light dust cover over your furniture.

A and A storage of poncha springsHOLIDAY DECORATIONS: Save the cartons which contained delicate ornaments and 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.

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

MIRRORS, WINDOWS AND SCREENS: These items should be stored on edge, not flat.

RECORDS AND PHONOGRAPHS: Records should be stored on edge to prevent warping. When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to prevent bouncing.

TOOLS: Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rake, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.

Selecting a Unit

SELF-SERVICE STORAGE is the most economical and convenient way to store your property.

WHEN SELECTING A UNIT, remember that the rent is determined by the unit's size. Ask the facility manager to help you choose a size which fits your requirements.
REMEMBER, a small efficiently-packed unit will cost less than a larger unit in which the contents are poorly arranged.


Inspect your storage unit and make a list of the packing accessories which you will need. Commonly used packing aids include such items as newsprint or wrapping paper, bubble-pack, tape, rope, drop cloths, polyurethane sheeting, mattress and furniture covers, pallets, skids. dehumidifiers and cartons. The manager may have some or all of these items for sale on the premises.

2. Place a pallet on the floor. Do not lean items against walls. Leaving air space around the units perimeter will aid ventilation. Leave a walkway to the rear of the unit. Use all the space available, including its height. Disassemble items such as bed frames.

3. Place frequently used items near the door.

4. Fill containers to capacity. Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items such as books or tools should be packed in small boxes. If a carton is too heavy, it will be hard to lift and should be divided between two or more cartons.

5. Fragile items should be cushioned by packing and placed toward the top of the unit.

6. Label cartons and take home a list of the labeled cartons for ease reference when you need to locate your property.

FOR YOUR PROTECTION, insist on a written agreement and read it thoroughly. The manager will answer any questions which you may have. Make note of the payment date and see if the agreement covers pro-rated rental periods. Find out how and when performance deposits are refunded or forfeited upon termination of the agreement. REMEMBER TO NOTIFY the facility in writing if you change your address or phone number.


are the sole responsibility of their owner. They are not insured by the facility operator. If your insurance does not cover stored possessions, check with the facility manager or your local insurance agent about acquiring low-cost insurance coverage for your goods.

SINCE YOU ALONE CONTROL ACCESS to your storage space, there are some items which should never be placed in a storage unit. They include. live animals, perishable, liquids, explosives, and all flammable liquids and fuels.

YOU CONTROL THE COST of storing your property in a self-service storage facility. Since the rental price of a unit depends on its size, the way you pack and arrange your mini-storage unit determines its cost.

Members of the Self Storage Association are pledged to the highest standards of cleanliness, efficiency and integrity. Look for this sign when you need additional storage space.

What size of Storage space do you need?

What will it store?
Cubic Feet
5 x 5
Sports equipment, small furniture, chests of drawers, chairs, rugs, boxes of household items
200 cf
5 x 10

Household items and furniture, beds, couches, refrigerators, washers, dryers, lawn mowers, garden tools, bicycles, motorcycles, outdoor furniture.

1-2 bedroom apartment contents

400 cf
10 x 10

Household items and furniture, beds, couches, refrigerators, washers, dryers, lawn mowers, garden tools, bicycles, motorcycles, outdoor furniture.

1-2 bedroom apartment contents

600 cf
10 x 15

Household items, major appliances, shop tools, parts, merchandise, inactive files and records.

2 bedroom apartment or small house

800 cf
10 x 25

Furniture and household items from a moderate sized house, small automobile or boat.

3-4 bedroom dwelling contents

1300 cf
10 x 30

Furniture and household items from a large sized house, small automobile or boat.

Contents of a 55 foot moving van

1600 cf

A and A Storage of Poncha Springs
On-Site Office
11190 West Highway 50
Poncha Springs, CO 81242
400' south at Mountain Timber Products

(9am - 5pm, Monday thru Friday)
719-539-9076 or 866-889-1094


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