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Storage Tips

  • 1. Smallest Space

    Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and pack the unit full.

  • 2. Gather Materials

    Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • 3. Uniform Sizes

    If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.

  • 4. Inventory

    Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.

  • 5. Prepare

    Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

  • 6. Keep Dry

    The concrete floor may become cold and damp.

  • 7. Access

    Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.

  • 8. CAUTION

    Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).

  • 9. Easier Access

    Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.

  • 10. Stack

    Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

  • 11. List Contents

    List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

  • 12. Wrap It Up

    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

  • 13. Fragile

    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

  • 14. Extra Space

    Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.

  • 15. Appliances

    Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

  • 16. Electronics

    Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

  • 17. Stored Together

    Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

  • 18. Removable Legs

    Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.

  • 19. Sofas and Loveseats

    Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.

  • 20. Sharp or Heavy Objects

    Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • 21. Stuffed Furniture

    Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

  • 22. Mattresses

    If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.