Packing Tips for Self Storage

Keep in mind that when you rent self storage you are paying for floor space. The more efficiently you pack and arrange your items the less storage space you will need. Taking extra time and care while packing your items will also insure that they come out of storage in the same condition that they were put in.

General Self-Storage Tips   

Some items that should never be stored including perishable or flammable items.

Pack heavier items in smaller boxes for easier lifting

Protect all stored items with drop cloths, or by placing them in boxes or tight containers.

Place infrequently used items toward the back of your unit.

Secure your space with a round, bolt-cutter resistant lock. We have these type of locks for sale in our office.

Label all boxes and cartons on all sides so that you can easily identify what is inside.

Consider keeping a detailed written inventory of the contents of your space or use a camera to photograph the contents.

How to store furniture in a storage unit

Our drive up units are perfect for storing furniture. We also have dollies and carts available for your use at the facility.

Cover furniture with drop cloths or canvas tarps to keep the dust off.

Bags designed to protect mattresses, sofa and chairs can be purchased in the office.

Disassemble beds and tables, and wrap table legs in moving blankets or bubble wrap. If a table will not came apart, consider storing it upside down with the legs pointing up. Be sure to protect the top of the table first with a moving blanket.

Place all furniture hardware in plastic bags, label it and attach it to the corresponding item being stored

Mirrors and framed artwork can be stored in flat boxes made into a sleeve. Do not store these items flat, but keep them upright and mark them as fragile.

Wrap lamp bases in bubble wrap and store them in a box designed for lamps or a double-walled dish pack box. Wrap lamp shades in a cotton cover or loose plastic wrap and pack in a box.

Use dresser drawers for small fragile items and dresser tops for stacking lightweight boxes.

How to Store Appliances

Remove water from hoses and internal components of clothes washer, dryers, dishwasher and refrigerators to prevent freezing and mildew.

For refrigerators, clean the interior and wipe dry. Clean the defrost pan and drain water from the holding tank and plastic tubing.

Spray appliances for bugs and allow to dry before storing them.

Store refrigerators and dishwashers ajar to prevent mildew.

When moving a household, load appliances on the truck last so they can be unloaded first at the storage units. Putting them at the back of the storage unit will give you easier access to more frequently-used items.

Cover appliances with cotton sheets, blankets or canvas tarps to protect them from dust while allowing for air circulation.

How to store China and other breakables

Carefully wrap individual pieces of china or glassware in unprinted, packing paper or better yet bubble wrap and store in a double-walled dish pack box.

Fill all unused space in the box with unprinted packing paper to prevent items from shifting.

Place layers of packing paper or bubble wrap in the bottom of the box to serve as a cushion for fragile items.

Clearly label the box as “FRAGILE” and do not place a heavier box on top.

How to Store Books, Magazines and Media

Place a piece of paper inside the front cover and wrap around the back cover to prevent sticking. Never use newspaper as the print can transfer.

Books should always be stored flat alternating the spines to the right or left.

Fill boxes completely using unprinted, packing paper to fill in vacant spaces.

For best results, books and magazines should be placed in relatively small cardboard boxes. Books get heavy very quickly and storing them in small boxes means that you will be able to lift them more easily.

Place a piece of strong cardboard between magazines to prevent warping.Seal in archival plastic bags .

Consider using special software to organize your books, magazines or media collection. We like the affordable software found at

Always pack media in airtight, heavy duty bags or containers.

How to Store Clothing

Clothing can be hung up and stored in a wardrobe box that includes a two foot metal bar.

Use the bottom of the wardrobe box for storing shoes and handbags.

Folded clothing can be stored in boxes or dresser drawers.

How to Store Photos

Always but paper between photographs to prevent them for sticking together. Archival-quality paper is recommended.

When storing photo albums alternate placing the spine to the left or right in boxes.

Seal photos in airtight plastic bags to prevent exposure to moisture and dust.

How to Store Medical, Legal and Financial Data

Make multiple backups of all stored documents and keep them in a separate location.

Cover boxes with a tarp or plastic wrap.

Packed boxes should weigh no more than 30-50 lbs for safe lifting.

Label boxes clearly and carefully.

Stack boxes with the oldest information at the bottom in the back.

How to Store ATVs, Jet Skis or Motorcycles

Always remove as much gasoline as possible from the fuel take before storing any vehicles to prevent leaks and fire hazards.

Put down a cardboard mat to protect the facility floor from oil leaks.

How to Transport your possessions to our facility

If you need the services of a mover we will be glad to make a recommendation for you.

For transport, use strong tape to keep appliances closed. Remove the tape when storing and leave appliance doors ajar to prevent mildew growth.

We will be glad to provide you with moving dollies at no charge any time.