Useful tips to make your packing, moving and self-storage more easy.
1. Unit Size
Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and fill the unit full. However, if you will be accessing your unit regularly, make sure you create aisles and allow for room so that you can navigate the space easily. Check out our size guide or blog for more information about what size of unit you will need.
2. Gather Materials
Start by selecting the boxes and tubs you will need, as well as tape, markers, and packing material (i.e. shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper, sofa/mattress covers, etc.).
3. Uniform Sizes
If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
Make an inventory list of your items and keep them in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit. Another option is to take pictures of your items before you pack and store them. Keep these photos in a separate file on your computer.
5. Keep Dry
If you are storing items in a non-conditioned unit, you may want to place your items on pallets to guard against cold/dampness from the concrete. This would be especially applicable if you intend to store cloth items, clothing, or pictures inside cardboard boxes (instead of inside plastic tubs), and plan to place them directly on the ground. Note: As a general self-storage rule, we recommend storing these types of items on top of other things in your unit, and/or using plastic tubs.
Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint). Do not store FOOD items in your unit.
8. 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 heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
10. Strong Boxes
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
We look forward to helping you with your storage needs.