Storage Tips

Storage Tips For Loading Your Space

  • Consider renting a self storage unit one size larger than you think you need.  Accessing your belongings is much easier if you have a little room to move around inside your storage unit
  • A box for everything and everything in a box, is the best protection of your storage goods. Use uniform size storage boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
  • Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls.
  • Store lightweight small items around the back of the storage unit.  Move large, heavy items into self storage unit last.
  • Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Protect your mattresses, sofas, and chairs with plastic covers.
  • Cover the entire storage load with a light plastic cover.
  • Use a good quality lock on your storage unit door. Cheap locks rust.

Space Saving Packing and Storage Tips

  • Beds: Lash bed rails together with rope or plastic tape. As you take beds apart, mark all pieces so you know which goes with which headboard, etc. Place covers on mattresses to keep them clean during moving and storage.
  • Books: Books get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small cartons, holding weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper. (Garbage bags work well as a liner).
  • Bureaus: Make your bureau drawers earn their passage as extra packing boxes. Fill them with a few small and fragile items. Sweaters, blankets, and towels make excellent padding while in storage.
  • Cartons: Go easy on your back. Hold weight of all packing cartons under 30 pounds. With a marking pen, list contents of each carton on the side. For load sizing, multiply length x width x height of each carton if that information is not already on the carton.
  • Chairs: Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
  • Dishes: Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each dish individually with packing tissue and cushion dishes in the carton with crumpled packing paper. Keep dish pack cartons under 30 pounds for easy handling and safe riding.
  • Glasses/Glassware: Pack glasses carefully. Wrap all glasses with tissue paper and pad with crumpled packing paper just like dishes.
  • Lamps: Pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases ride securely in bureau drawers, freezers and washing machines. For safety, pad lamps and lamp shades well with towels and blankets.

WARNING: Do Not Store Combustibles or Perishables! such as old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline, etc. Make certain all fuel is drained or burned out of gasoline powered equipment. Throw away anything that could possibly cause fire in your storage  unit. Do not store food in open containers or any item which could attract rodents or pests. Why risk damaging your stored possessions just to keep a few cents’ worth of leftovers?