Gather all the materials & supplies you need before you start: boxes, tape, packing materials, markers, furniture covers etc. Remember, we also sell everything you need for storage.
Label, label, label
Mark every box with its contents, and keep a written inventory as you pack.
Use the right box
Use large boxes for light items (linens, pillows, lamps) and smaller boxes for heavier items (books, CDs).
Pack small things carefully into boxes with appropriate packing materials. Resist the temptation to toss things into a garbage bag; they risk damage from knocks or bumps & mildew from lack of ventilation.
This Side Up
If you combine different weights of items in one box, always put the heavier things on the bottom and mark the box “This Side Up”.
Do not overload
Packed boxes should only weigh as much as you can lift without straining – for most people, less than 40 pounds.
Tape it up
Make sure all your packed boxes are securely sealed with packing tape, with the tops flat making it easier to stack them.
Hang it up
Use a wardrobe box to hang clothing, draperies & other fabrics that need to breathe & be kept crease-free.
Break it down
Disassemble bed frames & lash them together with tape or twine. Use small plastic bags to store screws & bolts & tape them to the frame that they belong to.
Wrap dishes & glassware individually, and pad the box with packing paper or bubble wrap.
Keep your frequently used items at the front of your unit where you can get at them easily.
As you move into your storage space, make a simple drawing that shows where items are placed.
Protect your furniture, including mattresses and box springs, with covers designed for the item.
Make best use of your storage area by stacking to the ceiling, working from heaviest items on the bottom to lightest items on top.
Do not over-reach
Use a stool to stack and reach items stored above your head.
Optimize your space
Break down any furniture that has removable legs, leaves or other parts. Stack chairs seat-to-seat with towels or blankets between them.
Use your refrigerator or other appliances to store things like linens – even books or CDs. Wedge the door of any appliances open so air can circulate inside them.
Take a breath
Leave a little space between the walls of your unit and your stored items to allow for ventilation.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
Clear the air
If you are storing a gas-powered lawnmower or leaf blower, prevent unpleasant odors by draining the tank before you put it in your unit.
Keep an extra emergency preparedness kit in your storage unit. If your home is inaccessible, you will have a second supply resource.