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Storage Tips: How to Store Books & Magazines

Do you need to store books and magazines at Extra Space Storage? Consider the following storage tips to keep your print materials safe from mold, mildew, and water damage in self storage.

Things You’ll Need

  • Plastic bags
  • Tissue or archival paper
  • Cardboard, wood, or plastic photo separators
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Waterproof labels
  • Marker
Stack of Books

Step 1: Organize Books and Magazines

Separating your books and magazines into categories — like by type of magazine or genre of books — makes it easier to store and grab again when you need them.

The method you use is up to you, but it’s best to separate the books from the magazines if you have many to store.

Open book

Step 2: Clean Your Books

Use a dry cloth to wipe excess dust and debris off your hardcover books. This will protect them from scratches and keep them looking sharp when you take them out of storage.

Plastic Storage Containers

Step 3: Pack Books and Magazines in Plastic Storage Containers

It’s best to opt for sturdier — and waterproof — storage tubs or bins instead of moving boxes. When adding to a storage container, alternate book and magazine spines to maximize space inside. If you’re just storing magazines in a box, lay them flat to prevent warping.

Add waterproof labels to the outside of storage containers to make finding print material easier.

photo album

Step 4: Find a Secure Self Storage Facility

It’s vital to find a storage facility that takes security seriously. To protect your books and magazines, look for an Extra Space Storage facility that offers:

  • Fencing around the property perimeter
  • Video surveillance throughout the facility and property
  • Electronic gate access with private keypad entry codes
  • Indoor storage units with controlled access
  • Secure access to your floor only (for a multi-level storage facility)
  • A facility manager living on-site
  • Individually alarmed storage units
Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Step 5: Reserve a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

When looking for a self storage unit for your books and magazines, consider renting a unit equipped with climate-controlled storage. Climate control protects your items from extreme heat and cold, which can cause yellowing, warping, wilting, and other damages to sensitive print materials.

This feature can be found at most of our storage facilities and ensures your storage unit stays comfortably between 55 and 80 degrees at all times.

Plastic Storage Containers

Step 6: Move Your Books and Magazines Into Storage

Do not store the containers with your books and magazines on the floor. Instead, raise them with pallets or install shelving. Always store heavier storage containers — like those with many books — on the bottom and place lighter containers on top. Don’t forget to position your containers with the labels pointed out so you can easily locate your books and magazines!

Have questions? Remember that your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance in protecting your books and magazines in self storage!

Have questions? Remember that your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance in protecting your books and magazines in self storage!


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Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 2,000 self-storage properties in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company's properties comprise approximately 1,010,000 units and over 585M square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 2,000 properties across the country.