Storage & Packing Tips

If you’re new to self-storage, we’ve got some time and money saving tips.

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.

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

Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (e.g. foam shipping peanuts, bubble wrap, packing paper, towels).

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

Make an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe-deposit box, away from the unit.

Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.

CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)!

Try to leave an aisle down the centre 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.

Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)

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

Wipe any items made of metal (bikes, metal tables, tools, etc.) with machine oil to prevent rusting.

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

Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

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 end.

Furniture items 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.

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

Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your 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.

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