Mini-Storage Packing Tips

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Packing Tips

1. Load Your Unit According To Need.

Load your unit according to need. If you’re storing items you may need access to later, such as holiday decorations or lawn equipment, make sure you pack them near the front. When loading your self-storage unit, pack the items you know you’ll need the least access to in the back and continue forward, with the most frequently used items near the door.

2. Put Stuff In Boxes or Storage Containers

It’s easier to just through it all in there and lock the door- but the time you’ll save unpacking is worth the extra effort up front.  Group like things together and store them in boxes or plastic containers, trust me, you’ll be glad you did in the end!

3. Label Everything.

Label EVERYTHING. Specific labels will help make finding that ONE item later a breeze, especially if you provide a short inventory on the box. Each “Kitchen” box should also include a short list of contents like “pots and pans” “dish towels, aprons, and trays” so you don’t waste time opening the wrong box.

4. Clean It Before You Store It.

To avoid mold and mildew damage to your stored items, especially household appliances, make sure they are clean and dry before being placed in your self-storage unit. Run appliances like dishwashers on an empty cycle to remove residue and leave the doors to refrigerators slightly open to allow airflow.

5. Quantify Your Storage Load.

Take stock of how big the items are that you need to store when choosing both the size of your self-storage unit and a transportation method. Always estimate a bit over in the size unit you’ll need, as it’s best to have too much space than too little. Also consider if you’ll need a moving truck to get your stored items from the storage facility to home, or if a few friends and cars can do the job.

6. Measure Large Items Before Moving.

If you have a large or awkward item like a couch or art sculpture, be sure to measure it first. Consider the building entrances and if you’ll be able to fit large items through the doors. To avoid having an item not fit when it comes time to load your unit, double check the dimensions first.

7. Protect Clothing

Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.  Things that are foldable can easily be packed away in a box or plastic container.

8. Box Foundation

Place heavier boxes at the bottom of your box stack in unit, you don’t want to crush things only to unpack them broken and damaged.

9. Proper Tape Usage

Use packing tape to seal boxes in order to keep out dust.

10. Do Not Store the Following

Do not store toxins or flammables. These include paint, oil, or gasoline.  Also- Don’t store food in your storage unit, this will attract mice and cause damage to your food and other goods.

11. Save Space

Have furniture of other large items that can be disassembled.  Break them down to save space!

12. Proper Bubble Wrapping

Wrap mirrors and other fragile items in bubble wrap before placing them in your storage unit.

13. If Heavy, Go Small

Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes, otherwise you might find yourself unable to lift them.

14. Storing Lawn Equipment

Remove or fold the handles on lawnmowers and garden equipment and drain all gasoline out of a tool before storing.

15. Protect Electronics

If possible, pack electronics in their original cartons, or sturdy boxes with sufficient bubble wrap or padding