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 as skis, metal tables, tools, etc., with machine oil to prevent rusting.