Our tips will help you pack effectively leading up to move-in day, protect your items from damage or long-term wear and tear, and load up your unit in an organized fashion. Keep these storage unit tips to in mind as you pack for a safe and effective move into storage!
Use the right type of box or packing crate.
Fill each box completely to prevent the top or sides from crushing.
Ensure the boxes aren’t too heavy to move.
Use larger boxes for things that don’t weigh much and smaller ones for the heavy items.
Label boxes clearly and on more than one side.
Consider providing a general description like ‘kitchen goods’ and listing a short inventory such as ‘potholders, towels, aprons, silverware’ so that no one opens this kitchen box when they need the pots and pans. Be sure to mark boxes full of breakables as ‘fragile.’
Don’t stand them on end as this could damage the spines.
Stack plates on end
Wrap dishes individually and place like-sized items together. Nest individually wrapped cups together.
Once you input your code, it opens the door of your unit’s power strike doors – just like an apartment building! – then disarms your individual alarm, while making a record of your visit within our computer system.
Wrap framed art in bubble wrap
You may want to double wrap the corners for extra protection.
Criss-cross masking tape
Across the face of mirrors or glass-covered art.
Store framed mirrors
Photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat
Avoid storing items in plastic bags
As they are less sturdy and can trap moisture
Clean items like clothing, blankets and drapery
Before packing them to prevent germs and dirt from being transported to a new location. Odors from soiled fabrics will only get worse if they are stored instead of unpacked right away.
Polish items made of wood before you pack them
to provide a little extra protection from the elements.
Treat leather items with a specially made conditioner
before placing them in storage.
Wipe metal objects with machine oil
or another type of rust preventative.
Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them
from stains, tears and scratches.
Take apart items like bed frames and tables
And remove lamp shades from lamps. This will help protect them from breaking and make them easier to move.