Packing & Storage Tips

  • You can save yourself some extra cash by renting an appropriately sized unit. Check out our storage unit sizes
  • Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (e.g., bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
  • If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
  • Make 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). Use our Space Calculator to take inventory of your items and find out how much storage space you need.
  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  • Place your storage items on 2×4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  • Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access more often in the front.
  • CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint).
  • 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 boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
  • Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. It is best not to put too much in each box.
  • List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, and seal with tape.
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, 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 and clothes.
  • Put TV’s and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
  • 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. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they could potentially bend out of shape and become lumpy.
  • Wipe any items made of metal (bikes, metal tables, tools, etc.) with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Storage and Packing Tips