Storage Tips

Make your storage space work for you!

See Packing Tips for detailed advice on packing and protecting your valuable goods.

Plan Ahead

  • Rent the smallest unit you can get considering the amount of goods to be stored and the space required to move around the unit should you need to access it frequently. See our Space Calculator or call us toll-free to determine which size will be appropriate.
  • Label each box with the general contents, the room into which it will be unpacked, and a number. Put the label on all four sides, or ensure that the side labelled is visible in the unit.
  • Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home, or in a safe deposit box.

Make the best use of your space and save money.

  • Place items to which you will need frequent access in the front of your space. People generally need to get at clothing (especially seasonal wear) and files most often.
  • Allow space for walkways if you’ll need periodic access to items.
  • For easy stacking, use uniformly-sized boxes. Be sure they’re strong enough to hold 20-30 pounds. See our Moving Supplies page.
  • Drawers in dressers and tables can be used to store knickknacks and other small items. Wrap the items in towels, tablecloths, packing paper or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Use large appliances for storing light-weight bulky items such as blankets, towels and board games. Be sure to prop or wedge doors on appliances open.
  • Stack the unit as high, but not higher than, you can comfortably reach.
  • Put heavy items on the bottom and lighter items on the top.

Protect your goods while they are in storage.

  • All concrete can become cold and damp, especially in the spring; liquids may spill; and condensation may form in an enclosed space. This can be true for any storage space. Protect your goods against condensation by placing plastic containers on the bottom or putting your goods on top of application or on pallets or two-by-fours to protect against moisture.
  • Wrap dishes and glasses in plain paper and pack them in sturdy boxes. Set these boxes on top of the others.
  • Cover furniture with sheets and blankets to keep them dust free.
  • To save floor space, sofas and loveseats can be stored on end. Wrap cushions in plastic and stack them on top of the sofa.
  • Stand mattresses on their sides or ends and prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they may bend out of shape and become lumpy. Pack them in mattress cartons or plastic to avoid damage and dust.
  • NEVER store anything toxic, noxious, perishable or combustible. Drain gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, vehicles, etc.. See our list of Safe Storage Rules.
  • Leave high value items in unmarked boxes (other than a number that corresponds to your inventory sheet) in the back of the unit.
  • Be sure to place a rust-proof lock on your storage space.