Storage & Packing Tips

 
Choose the Right Size Box - Use smaller boxes for heavy items like books and dishes and large boxes for lighter items like bedding, blankets, and linens. It’s tempting to use garbage bags as a quick fix, but they tear easily and lack ventilation, which can result in mildew.
Pack Boxes the Right Amount - Packed boxes should not weigh more than you can safely lift. Make sure the boxes remain “square” and do not bulge at the top or sides in order to keep them stable when stacking in your storage unit. It’s important not to underpack boxes either. The contents of a half-empty box can shift while transporting and become crushed under the weight of heavier boxes. Use foam packing peanuts to fill empty spaces without adding much weight.
Use Hanging Wardrobe Boxes - Wardrobe boxes prevent wrinkling and damage to pants, dresses, suits and evening wear. Wardrobe boxes can be used to hang drapes, bedding, and garden tools as well.
Close Boxes with Quality Tape - Proper closure of boxes with good quality tape ensures that each box maintains its structure and the safety of your items.
Label Your Boxes - Use a heavy black marker to label the contents of each box. This will save you from having to open every box when you need something later. Mark boxes as “fragile” that need to be handled and stacked with care— especially items like glassware, picture frames, and lamps that can easily be damaged when moving into your storage unit. Remember to pack breakables in bubble wrap or packing paper.
Wrap Your Furniture - Cover your furniture with protective materials to help ensure that they stay in good condition during the moving process and while in storage.
Prep Your Power Tools - If you are storing tools that require fuel, such as lawnmowers and weed wackers, drain their fuel tanks before packing them in your storage unit. This will prevent other items in your storage unit from adopting a fuel odor and will also protect your clothing and other items from being damaged in the case of a leak. Never store any type of gas or hazardous materials.
Make Items as Small as Possible - Often you can reduce the size of bed frames to help everything fit more comfortably in your storage space. Wrap frames together with tape (use the non-sticky side for no tape residue) then place any screws in plastic bags and tape them to the frame.
Figure Out What Size Storage Unit You Need - Once everything is packed, measure out the unit size you think you need with tape on the floor of your apartment or house. Then, see if all of your things fit within the taped area. Remember, all units have a 9 ft. ceiling, so you can stack items as well.
Make Your Storage Unit Easily Accessible - Try to leave an aisle down the center of your storage unit for easy access. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of your unit.
 *Never store any food and clean all grills, smokers, appliances and kitchen equipment before moving it into     storage.