Self Storage Tips

Begin by Thinking Smaller

  • We advise renting the smallest amount of self storage space you’ll need and packing it full.

Gather Materials First

  • Gather the boxes you think you’ll need plus tape, markers, and packing material – foam, bubble wrap, paper and more.

Uniform Box Sizes Help

  • Try to use uniformly-sized boxes for easier stacking.

Inventory Your Items

  • Make an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place – not in your self storage unit.

Preparation is Protection

  • Prepare your self storage space with a protective ground cover under your goods.

Plan Access Inside Your Unit

  • Plan ahead and place items you may need to access often in the front of your self storage unit.

Access Aisles and Unit Walls

  • Leaving a center aisle offers easier access; space between the walls and boxes lets air circulate.

Stack Your Boxes Wisely

  • Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

Boxes Strong Enough to Count On

  • Make sure your boxes can hold 25-30 pounds, and it’s best to avoid overloading them.

Listing Box Contents Saves Time

  • List contents of boxes on all four sides, number each box and seal with tape.

Wrap-Up Dishes and Glasses

  • They should be wrapped in paper, packed in sturdy boxes and stacked on top.

Be Smart with Fragile Items

  • Wrap pictures and mirrors in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

Get Creative for Extra Space

  • Furniture with drawers can store knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, and more. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.

A Helping Hand from Appliances

  • Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

Safety for Your Electronics

  • Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your self storage unit.

Double-Duty by Storing Together

  • Store shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses in empty trash cans and stack extra cans inside each other.

Remove Removable Legs

  • Tables with removable legs should be broken down to save space.

Protect Sofas and Loveseats

  • Store sofas and loveseats on end to save floor space, wrap cushions in plastic and place on top.

Beware Sharp or Heavy Objects

  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

Caring for Stuffed Furniture

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

Safeguard Your Mattresses

  • To prevent mattresses from bending out of shape or becoming lumpy, stand them on their sides, propped-up to stand straight.

Common Sense for Metal Items

  • Wipe bikes, metal tables, tools, and other metal items with machine oil to prevent rusting.