Help & Information

Storage Tips

Follow our process to make the most
out of the space in your unit.

Tip 1

Smallest Space

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

Tip 2

Gather Materials

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

Tip 3

Uniform Sizes

If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.

Tip 4


Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.

Tip 5


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

Tip 6

Keep Dry

Place your storage items on 2×4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

Tip 7


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

Tip 8

Take Caution

Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).

Tip 9

Create a Path

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.

Tip 10


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

Tip 11

Strong Boxes

Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).

Tip 12

List Contents

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

Tip 13

Wrap Fragile Items

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.

Tip 14

Extra Space

Furniture 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.

Tip 15


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

Tip 16


Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

Tip 17

Stored Together

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

Tip 18

Removable Legs

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

Tip 19

Sofas & Loveseats

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

Tip 20

Sharp or Heavy Objects

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

Tip 21

Stuffed Furniture

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

Tip 22


If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

Tip 23

Metal Items

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