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Storage Tips

Self Storage

Portable Storage

  • Make sure you have adequate supplies for packing your household.
  • Use small boxes for heavy items and larger boxes for lighter items.
  • Items wrapped in plastic can be susceptible to mildew.
  • Use a good quality packing tape to seal your boxes.
  • Be careful not to over pack (to keep the box tops flat) or under pack boxes so that they don’t collapse when stacked in your storage unit.
  • Use stuffing materials (such as foam or peanuts) to fill out the boxes completely.
  • Use wardrobe boxes to keep clothes pressed, clean and undamaged.
  • Label the contents of each box to easily locate needed items later.
  • Mark boxes that are fragile or require special handling.
  • Drain the fuel tanks of any equipment you will be storing to avoid potential odours and leaks.
  • Use packing blankets, furniture covers and other protective materials to keep your belongings in good condition during the moving process and while in storage.
  • Reduce the size of stored items by un-assembling tables, bed frames, shelving, etc. to help everything fit more easily in your storage space.
  • Use stretch film to wrap frames together and attach screws and hardware in plastic bags taped to the frame.
  • Lastly, 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, most units have an 8 ft. ceiling, so you can stack items as well. If you need to access your unit frequently, leave a corridor down the middle when storing your items for easier access.
  • Ideally, use pallets, plastic sheeting or heavy drop cloths to keep furniture and boxes off the concrete floor.
  • Consider using freestanding shelving units to maximize your space.
  • Stack similar-sized boxes on top of one another or place them on furniture and appliances.
  • Don’t forget to use the space under tables.
  • Save space by storing sofas on end.
  • Place items you need most often at the front of the locker (in other words, load them in last).
  • Leave a small aisle for accessing items at the back.
  • Leave air space around the unit’s perimeter to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Use desiccants in your storage unit to help manage possible moisture damage.
  • TIP: When lifting, always use your knees; never your back.
  • Prior to loading, think ahead about distributing the weight as evenly as possible for containers that will be moved loaded.
  • Pack your valuables separately and plan to keep these with you.
  • Place large or heavy items in the back or on the sides of the container.
  • Put heavier items such as dishes and books in smaller boxes for easier lifting. Lightweight items can go together in larger boxes.
  • Position heavy items in the bottom of the box and lighter ones on top.
  • Fill all boxes to the top, or use packing supplies to fill excess space. Stack heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
  • Be conscientious about filling all gaps within the space so that items will remain secure.
  • Leave clothes in dresser drawers and use wardrobe boxes to protect hanging clothes.
  • Use moving blankets, plastic wrap, etc. to protect furniture.
  • Utilize straps to secure large items such as couches, refrigerators, dresser drawers, and entertainment stands.
  • Create “walls” using boxes, mattresses, etc. every few feet to keep items from falling.
  • Pack your hand truck (dolly) on the back of the truck – it will be there for unload.
  • Place your most essential items (cooking supplies, some clothes, toiletries, etc) in a few boxes near the door so that you have access to them first when unloading.
  • Always secure your UNIT by placing a lock on the container – you can even use two locks for additional security.
  • Never pack or store any items that could cause a fire or damage to the UNIT. For example, DO NOT move or store any gasoline, chemicals or heavy machinery.