Storage Tips

Do’s

  • Pack your things in similar sized boxes as they will be easier to stack.
  • Put heavier items on the bottom of the stack – But be sure not to over pack boxes so they get too heavy and dangerous.
  • Avoid stacking things directly against the wall to leave room for some air flow in the unit.
  • Make a plan for how to organize your unit. This will save you time in the long run. You can store couches on end, stack chairs seat to seat, and use larger containers to store blankets, clothes, and smaller knickknacks.
  • Label all boxes on all sides. This will save you time when trying to find a particular item.
  • Pack items that you will be accessing frequently towards the front.
  • Take apart large items, such as bed frames, tables, etc. This will save space and prevent them from breaking. Be sure to keep all parts together. Keep screws and smaller items handy by bagging and taping them to the larger item they belong to.
  • If storing appliances be sure to clean them out first! Leave the door slightly open on refrigerators and microwaves to prevent mildew.
  • Store mirrors and paintings on end, do not lay them flat. Wrap and indicate they are fragile.
  • Lay blankets or cloth over and between furniture to prevent scratching.

Don’ts

  • Don’t store any sort of food item in a storage unit as it will attract rodents.
  • Don’t leave paint, oil, or gasoline in your storage unit. Drain all gas and oil from lawnmowers, snow blowers, etc. It is against the law to store hazardous or combustible materials such as these.
  • Don’t put mothballs in boxes with clothing, they could possibly leave stains.
  • Don’t give access codes or keys to your storage unit to anyone you don’t trust.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask the facility manager any questions you may have before or during move-in!

What size unit do you need? Be sure to read below so you maximize the amount you can put into a space that will save you money by not renting a unit that is too big for your needs.

A 5×5 is great for storing small seasonal items, extra clothing boxes, office supplies or records, books, or other small items. They have 9 foot high ceilings so if you pack well you may fit more than you expect into one of these smaller units.

A 5×10 is a great sized unit for storing the contents of one, possibly two bedrooms or office spaces with small pieces of furniture. With 50 square feet of space these units easily store small bedroom, living room, or office furniture, and outdoor items such as bicycles, patio furniture, and lawnmower.

A 10×10 contains plenty of space to hold the contents of a typical one bedroom apartment. Allows for plenty of space for two full rooms of furniture including sofas, bedroom furniture, kitchen appliances, and much more. You will probably even have room for extra boxes of clothing, kitchen items, seasonal items, office records.

A 10×15 generally holds the contents of three full rooms of furniture, a large office space, or a small house. You’ll have plenty of room for multiple pieces of large furniture such as sofas, beds, pianos, and office desks. You’ll also have room left over for all of those smaller items.

A 10×20, 200 square feet of space provides room enough for a moderate sized house with typical furniture. This large unit can store multiple large furniture items like refrigerators, living room furniture, washers, dryers, and still leave room for those smaller items and many large boxes. A 10×20 is also large enough to store most cars.