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.