Packing & Storage Tips

  • Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit. Update that list as you move items in and out of your unit.
  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods. Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness.
  • Use Plastic storage containers for easy stacking and protection.
  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
  • 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 storage containers on the bottom and lighter containers on top
  • Be sure your storage containers are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each container.)
  • List contents of containers on all four sides; number the containers and seal properly.
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in protective wrap and packed in sturdy containers. Stack them on top.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in bubble wrap, 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 them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Larger appliances make excellent "packaging cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, etc.
  • Yard tools and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other. Wipe or spray any items made of metal with rust preventative.
  • Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Cushions can be bagged and placed on top of sofas.
  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Cover furniture with tarps or blankets to protect against dust. If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand up straight to avoid sagging.
  • Do not lean furniture against walls or hang items from any part of the building structure.
  • Wipe or spray any items made of metal with light machine oil or rust preventative.
  • Do not store wet items in a self-storage facility as they can cause water damage, mold or mildew.
  • Always use a household moisture absorber ( such as Dri-It or Damp Rid ) to prevent condensation. Condensation can naturally occur in any season with fluctuating temperatures. Help prevent condensation damage by leaving space between your boxes and the walls for air to circulate.
  • Remember that plastic traps moisture. Use furniture covers, blankets, old linens or other fabrics as dust covers to cover contents.
  • CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
  • Notify your Homeowners or Renters Insurance Agent of your items in storage and confirm coverage. If you do not have coverage, purchase self storage insurance.
  • Keep your unit locked at all times.

We are conveniently located at 580 Orchard Lane, just south of the intersection of US 35 & Orchard Lane, near Langs Chevrolet, Circle K and Tractor Supply Co., across from the Ankeney Soccer Complex.

At American Pride Self Storage, we appreciate the sacrifice of our armed forces and offer specials to Active Duty, Retired Military and Veterans. A portion of our profits also go to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Our on-site Insomniac Kiosk makes storing with American Pride Self Storage easy! View unit availability, rent a unit, or pay you bill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!