Storage Tips


Think about the types of boxes/containers you will use. Consider uniform sizes in order to make stacking easy. If you are considering long term storage, you may want to consider clear plastic containers. Clear ones will require less or no labeling.
Collect as many boxes/containers as you think you may need as well as packing tape, markers and other packing materials such as bubble wrap, shipping noodles, towels etc.
Consider the size of unit you will need and whether or not you will need access on a regular basis. If you need access, review the pricing and think about a slightly larger unit so you can stack your items along either wall, leaving a path through the middle of the unit to walk down to locate and collect the box you need.

Rent the smallest unit you need particularly if it is short term and you will not need regular access.
Make up an inventory list of the items you plan to store. Store this list as well as any photos or videos in a safety deposit box.
If you are using boxes instead of plastic bins, label them on all 4 sides and number the boxes for inventory. It is a good idea to seal the boxes with packing tape.
Place wood blocks or pallets on the concrete floor of the storage unit to guard against dampness. This is especially important if cardboard boxes are being used.
Plan your storage space. Place the items you will not need to access at the back and the ones you may need to access at the front.
Do not store anything combustible (paint, gasoline, solvents etc.)
Obtain boxes that are strong enough to hold 25-30 lbs. (Do not put too many heavy items in one box).
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Breakable items should be wrapped in paper, bubble wrap or even towels and dish cloths and packed in a sturdy box. You can purchase specialized boxes with a dish packing system.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or packed in picture/mirror boxes, stacked on end and marked FRAGILE.
Pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware and small items can be wrapped in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage and stored in furniture drawers.
Place TV’s and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Large appliances such as washer, dryer, fridge or stove should be thoroughly cleaned and the door left slightly ajar.
Tables and furniture that has removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Furniture such as sofas and loveseats with flat sides can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Shovels, rakes, hoes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight, otherwise, they may bend out of shape or become lumpy.