Here are our suggestions for getting  the most from your storage rental:


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

  • Start by collecting as many boxes as you think you will need. You’ll also need tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.

  • Make up an inventory of the items you’ve stored and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.  A good idea is to take a picture of each item.

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

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

  • Plan your storage space. Store items you need more often to the front of the storage unit for easy accessibility.

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

  • Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (Don’t over pack boxes)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of the storage unit

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

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

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

  • Don’t place sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

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

  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

  • When packing books for storage place them flat in boxes to avoid damage to the spines.

  • Keep a step ladder in your unit for easy access of boxes and bins on top.

  • Wipe any items made of metal such asikes, metal tables, tools, etc., with machine oil to prevent rusting.