Storage Tips

  1. Make packing easier by planning ahead. Gather up plenty of sturdy boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, marker pens, sealing tape, and some furniture covers. Our supply shop has everything you’ll need.
  2. Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes. Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither over pack nor under pack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use packing paper, bubble wrap, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.
  3. Label! Label! Label! On all sides for easy identification. Use a black marker to label the contents of every box and add what room they’ll be going into as well. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items. Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes. Seal with tape.
  4. Dishes and glassware - Use paper and bubble wrap to pack. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately. Plates are best stacked on edge. Mark the box “FRAGILE’ and stack them only on top of other boxes.
  5. Pictures and mirrors. Wrap in bubble wrap, Pack in cardboard, mark “FRAGILE” and stack on end.
  6. Wardrobe boxes. Utilize for clothing. This will help as a temporary closet during your move.
  7. Prepare your space. Place a protective cover, cardboard, or a storage mat on the floor under your goods.
  8. Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
  9. CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
  10. Stack boxes by weight. Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
  11. Leave space. Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
  1. Electronics. Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  2. Stored together. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
  3. Removable legs. Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  4. Stuffed furniture. Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover, cardboard, or storage mat under the item. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
  5. Sharp or heavy objects. Do not place sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  6. Cover furniture. Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover, cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
  7. Mattresses. If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy. Make sure that mattress is put in a mattress bag.
  8. Prevent rust. Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to avoid rusting.
  9. Bag small items. When disassembling furniture put screws, parts, etc. into a zip lock bag and tape parts inside a drawer, or somewhere on items that the parts belong to, so they don’t get lost or separated from what they belong to.
  10. NO FOOD. DO NOT store any kind of food items. If you do this it promotes pest and rodents into the facility and your storage unit.