Self Storage Tips
Get the most out of your unit
Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and pack the unit full. Before you start packing, create a plan for how you want to organize your storage unit.
Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
Keep Tools Handy
Store tools like scissors, tape, and box cutters in an easily accessible container.
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.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods. Place sliders under heavy furniture to make it easier to move.
Place your storage items on 2x4 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 often in the front of the unit.
Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or 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. Use similarly sized boxes and pack them full to maximize space. Stack chairs seat to seat.
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
Elevate boxes and furniture on pallets to protect against moisture from the ground. Periodically visit your storage unit to check for any issues and rotate items to ensure even wear.
Wrap to preserve
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top. Make sure everything is clean and dry before storing to prevent mold and odors.
Sensitive Family Heirlooms
If storing sensitive items, choose a climate-controlled unit to protect against extreme temperatures. Use a fireproof box or cabinet for important documents.
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. If storing appliances, tape doors shut and use appliance covers.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit. Wrap electronics in anti-static bubble wrap or original packaging.
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 Loveseats
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Install shelves in your storage unit to make the most of vertical space. Leave narrow aisles between boxes for easy access to all items. Clearly label all boxes and containers with their contents.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust. Take apart furniture to save space and protect it from damage. Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.