Self-Storage Packing Tips
- Gather your packing supplies before you get started to avoid any hassle. Boxes, bubble wrap, tape, markers, covers, and peanuts make packing a snap.
- Keep heavier items in small boxes for easier lifting. Big, bulky items may be better with a cover instead of being placed inside a box.
- Label with as much specific information as possible. "Kitchen" doesn't help you a year after you've packed the box.
- Individually wrap fragile or delicate items with acid-free paper to avoid corrosion and damage. Use dividers in boxes to help organize and provide more protection.
- Always tape up boxes to give them more durability.
- Avoid using plastic bags that don't circulate air. You'll trap condensation and promote mildew growth.
- Cover glass or sensitive components on appliances and furniture. Clearly mark them so you can avoid leaning any heavy objects against them.
Inside the Unit
- If you need to stack anything, make sure the heaviest and sturdiest items are on the bottom.
- Draw up a floor plan with clearly marked areas. Use it as a map the next time you need to retrieve anything.
- Use pallets to elevate belongings. This will prevent water damage from any small leaks or floods.
- Place anything you plan to use regularly at the front of the unit. Make sure you leave walking aisles to allow easier access.
- Make sure everything has been thoroughly cleaned and properly dried. Any moisture left on belongings will cause damage over time with mildew and mold buildup.
- Never plug in any electronic devices into outlets in the storage unit.
- Use rust and corrosion prevention products on appropriate surfaces when storing items for longer periods of time.
- Take care when stacking certain items. They'll compress with the added weight and may become unusable.