Packing a Storage Unit
The smartest move into a storage unit starts with a simple plan and a few tips from the Pros! Once you choose the storage facility you'll be renting at, our local folks will assist with your specific needs, but meanwhile here are some of the basics:
Try our virtual storage space!
This neat tool will help you visualize how some common household items fit into different space sizes. Use it to estimate your size needs!
1. Maximize the space
Just about every one of our storage units are at least eight feet tall, so you can stack your stuff to make the most efficient use of the storage space. Place the heavier, sturdier items at the bottom and stack the rest on top. Be sure check for stability - we don't want anything toppling over! Extra hint - Be sure to thoroughly pack your storage boxes using packing paper to fill gaps; this helps to keep the contents stable.
2. Leave an aisle
Make sure you have a way to access your belongings at the back of your storage space. We can guarantee you'll be back to find that toaster or that one toy that your child simply cannot live without! Granted, that same toy hasn't been touched in at least six months, but you try reasoning with a four year old!
3. Think of ways to conserve space
Do the legs come off that table? Your mattress can be tipped up on its end and your linens placed inside appliances or empty drawers.
4. Label your boxes and keep an inventory
It doesn't take long to forget what you put into the space, much less where in the space it is! Label your boxes clearly and keep a separate inventory of all the items you placed into the storage unit. It takes a little extra time, but you'll be happy you did - not only will this help you find something a few weeks down the road, but you'll want it for your insurance agent. Extra hint! – Always place valuables to the back of the storage space just to be extra careful.
5. Turn box labels to face the aisle
It makes it much easier to read the labels and notes you've written on the boxes.
Housekeeping not included!
We pride ourselves on providing clean, affordable rental spaces, but they don't come with a daily housekeeping! You'll want to take some precautions to help keep your items clean; for example, it's always a good idea to purchase dust covers for your mattresses and furniture and to seal all your boxes. Extra Hint! – Always use cardboard or wooden pallets on the floor of your storage space.