Storage Tips

Whether you need to reduce the clutter in the garage, clear out an extra room or pack everything you own for a move, you want to do it right. That means that learning some basics and planning ahead will help you get the most from your storage unit. Here are some helpful tips for preparing to move things into your new storage space:

  • Pack heavy items like books or tools in smaller boxes. Reserve large boxes for lighter items so they are easier to move.
  • Use the right type of box or packing crate. For instance, use a heavy-duty box for your books as this is less likely to break than a standard box.
  • Try to use boxes that are a uniform size; they are easier to stack.
  • Fill each box completely to prevent the sides or top from collapsing. If your box is filled with loose items, fill the open spaces with paper, bubble wrap or other packing material.
  • Stack books instead of standing them on end to avoid damage to the spines.
  • Wrap dishes individually and place like-sized items together. Stack plates on end. Nest individually wrapped cups together.
  • Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors or glass-covered art before storing. Store framed mirrors, photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat.
  • Label boxes clearly and on multiple sides. Add a general description like 'kitchen items’, and possibly a short inventory such as ‘cookbooks, towels, aprons, dishes’ so you know which box is which. Don't forget to mark boxes with breakables as ‘fragile.’
  • Leave walkways between items in your storage unit so you can access the back if needed.
  • Place frequently used items near the door or at the front of the unit.
  • You should NOT keep anything flammable or combustible in your storage building. This includes gasoline, oil, cleaning fluids or paint thinner. If you’re storing any machinery that runs on gas, make sure to drain the tank before you store it.
  • Don't forget to remove batteries from toys and devices before storing to avoid damage.