Packing & Storage Tips

Self Storage Packing Tips


Packing Blankets

Make packing easier by planning ahead.

Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers.


Packing Tape

Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering

Bubble Wrap

Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching.

Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic covers. Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier reassembly. Cover mattresses to keep them clean during storage.


Moving Boxes

Label boxes on all sides for easy identification.

Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items. Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier boxes.


Moving Furniture

Use valuable space inside dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators.

For storing small items such as towels, linens and small, fragile items. Secure items in drawer by filling empty spaces with towels or packing paper.


Moving Supplies

Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes.

Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither overpack nor underpack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubblewrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.


Tool Storage

Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes.

For easier handling limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to 30lbs. or less.


Appliance Movers

Clean and dry appliances before storing

Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.


Book Storage

Pack books flat to protect their spines

Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.


Packing Paper

Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware.

Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.


Clothing Storage

Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.

Storing Furniture

Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes.

Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.


Packing Mirrors

Pad mirrors and paintings with paper.

Place them in special mirror packs or large marked boxes.


Storage Tips


Packing Tips

Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.

Storage Organization

When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.

Keeping Stored items dry

Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors,

but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.


Storing Furniture

If you’re storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.


Storing Photographs

Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.

Storing Lawn Equipment

Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.

Storing Firearms

Common sense and state law determines what may be stored.

You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.


Storing shovels and rakes

Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.

Storing Firearms

Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.

Furniture Cover

Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing

Storing Steel

When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Packing Blankets

Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.

Storage Lock

Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.

Climate Controlled Art Storage

Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.


Efficient Furniture Storage

Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.

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