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Storage Tips

  • Smallest Space

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

  • Gather Materials

    Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers and packing material (example: foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • Uniform Sizes

    If possible, try to use uniform sized boxes or containers for easy stacking.

  • List Contents

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

  • Inventory

    Create an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place.

  • Access

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

  • CAUTION

    Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (example: paint thinner, gasoline, solvents or paint).

  • Easier Access

    Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easy access.

  • Stack

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

  • Breakables

    Dishes and glassware should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes.

  • Fragile Items

    Fragile pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.

  • Utilize 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.

  • Electronics

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

  • Stored Together

    Yard tools can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

  • Removable Legs

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

  • 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.

  • Sharp or Heavy Objects

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

  • Stuffed Furniture

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

  • Mattresses

    If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight.