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Storage Tips

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR STORAGE UNIT

Packing items isn’t as simple as filling the box. But packing also doesn’t have to be as difficult as we make it. We have a few tips on how to box your items while keeping you, and your belongings, protected.

  • Create an Inventory    Before you start putting items in boxes, make an inventory of all items that you’ll be storing. Not only does this provide a record of everything that will be in your storage unit should any of your items get damaged or stolen, but it also helps you get organized so you can keep track of which items are in which boxes.

    Keep Similar Items Together    When storing your belongings, it’s a good idea to keep like items together to make them easier to find and unpack later. Don’t mix a bunch of random things together! Kitchen items should go in kitchen boxes. Bedroom items should go in bedroom boxes. Office items should go in office boxes. You get the picture!

  • Label Everything    The worst thing to happen when packing items for self storage is to forget what you put where. By using labels, you can detail both the category of the box and a list of the items stored in the box. That way, should you need to grab certain things from your storage unit later, you’ll know exactly which box they’re in. Don’t want to buy a label maker? You can use masking tape and a permanent marker as a budget-friendly labeling system.

  • Don’t Overpack    Packing too much into a storage container isn’t recommended. Not only can overpacking your boxes damage the items within those boxes, but they can also cause strains and injuries when you’re moving them. When it comes to heavier items like books and electronics, you’re better off splitting items up to distribute weight more evenly.

  • Keep Fragile Items Separate   If you plan to store fragile items, be sure to keep them separate from everything else! Use proper packing techniques and materials, such as wrapping delicate belongings in bubble wrap or foam packets. And never stack heavier objects on sensitive objects, as this can damage them.

 

PACKING YOUR CAR OR MOVING TRUCK

Moving items into your vehicle sounds easy but, if you’re not paying attention, things can “go south” fairly quickly. Get everything to your storage facility safely with these vehicle-packing tips:

  • First Things First    When packing your car, truck or trailer, load the heaviest items first. This helps you balance weight across the vehicle and prevents heavy items from sliding during the move. It’s also good for unloading later — by easefully removing the smaller, lighter items, you’ll open up space for the bigger, heavier items to come out.

  • Mind the Gaps    Use extra pillows, blankets, or towels to fill in the gaps when packing your vehicle. By filling those holes, you can ensure that boxes and other items won’t slide around in transit. Plus, you’ll be adding a layer of padding between any fragile items and furniture and other heavier things.

  •  The Joy of  Padding    It can be beneficial to use padded blankets, especially if you don’t want any items getting damaged or shifting during the move. Mirrors, TVs and upholstered furniture can also be covered with padded blankets to protect from scratches and dust. Don’t have padded blankets? Ordinary blankets from your home or even a couple of old sheets will work just fine.

  • Remove Any Movable Parts   If any of the items going to self storage have movable parts like doors or wheels, be sure to secure them or take them off before you pack your vehicle. Not only does this make it easier for you to get more items in your car or truck, but it also prevents these items from moving around while you’re driving.

PACKING YOUR BELONGINGS IN A STORAGE UNIT

Once you’ve arrived at your storage unit, it’s time to start putting items away. But where to begin? These tips will help make your trip to our storage facility quick and hassle-free.

  • Create a Plan    There are countless ways to maximize space, so it’s smart to take advantage of every square inch of your storage unit. Consult our storage unit size guide to get an idea of just how much stuff you can fit into the appropriate-sized space. Remember that any items you’ll need to access frequently should be up toward the front of your unit, eliminating the need to dig through your storage unit to get to them.

  • Disassemble Larger Items     Remove the feet on furniture, break up bed frames, pull apart shelving and place any pieces of hardware (screws, nuts, bolts, etc.) into bags. This lets you benefit from a little bit more space inside of your self storage unit while protecting scratchable items from the hardware that protrudes from other items.

  • Go Vertical    Whether you’re thinking about storing a lot of boxes or multiple pieces of furniture, don’t forget to use your vertical space. By stacking items, you’ll limit how much is on the floor, making it easier for you to maneuver through your storage unit. It also means you can store heavy items down low and light items up high for convenience.

  • Use Shelving and Floor Coverings   With shelving units, you can better utilize vertical space to organize your storage unit effectively and keep small items off the ground. And with pallets, you can raise cardboard boxes, storage tubs, and furniture off the ground to better protect your belongings from dust and dirt. Have questions? Remember that your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance with packing, moving, and maximizing your self storage space!

 

Have questions? Your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance with packing, moving, and maximizing your self storage space. 

Free

  • · the free use of one of our U-Haul trucks with any rental of a storage unit of 5×10 or larger, subject to mileage and gas charges. These trucks have built-in ramps for more effortless loading, automatic transmission, and air conditioning.
  • a free high-security lock for the rented storage upon move-in.
  • a free gift for touring our facility