Storage Tips

Smallest Storage Space

Rent the smallest amount of storage space you require, and pack the unit full. 
Ex: 8 X 10 or 8 X 20

Gather Materials

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

Uniform Box Sizes

If possible, use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking and storing.


Create 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.

Prepare Your Unit

Prepare your storage space by placing a protective cover or barrier on the floor under your goods. We recommend plastic or tarps. 

Keep Your Items Dry

Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to protect against dampness. Any concrete or wood floor may become cold and damp.

Easy Access

Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.

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.

Dangerous Items

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

Stacking Boxes

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

Strong Boxes

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

List Contents

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

Wrap It Up

Dishes and glassware should be wrapped in paper or plastic and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

Fragile Items

Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

Extra Space

Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in plastic tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.


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


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

Store Items Together

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

Removable Legs

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

Sofas & Loveseats

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

Sharp Or Heavy Objects

Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture or any other damageable material.

Stuffed Furniture

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


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

Metal Items

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

Winter Considerations

During Winter months, consider bringing something to thaw out a frozen lock. Such as a de-icer or small heat source/flame.

Disc Locks

We recommend utilizing disc locks.


We make available insurance for purchase.