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Storage Tips

Tips to Get the Most from Your Storage Unit


  • Begin by Thinking Smaller

    We advise renting the smallest amount of 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 unit.

  • Preparation is Protection

    Prepare your 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 the 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 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.


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