Top Self-Storage Tips You Should Know

These storage best practices and tips will keep your items in great condition and secure as well as save you time and money!

There’s a reason for the saying “measure twice, cut once.” Taking the time to choose the properly sized storage unit for your valuables means that you save money by not having to rent a unit that’s too big. This is just one tip our experts like to pass along.

Read on for more best practices.

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 (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

Uniform Sizes

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

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.

Prepare

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

Keep Dry

Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

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 (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).

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.

Stack

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

Strong Boxes

Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).

List Contents

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

Wrap It Up

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

Fragile Pictures

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

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.

Appliances

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

Electronics

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

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