Storage Tips

Smallest Space

Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and pack the unit full.


Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

Gather Materials

Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

Extra Space

Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.

Uniform Sizes

If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.


Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.


Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.


Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.


Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

Stored Together

Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.


Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.

Removable Legs

Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.


Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).

Sofas and Loveseats

Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.

Easier Access

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.

Sharp or Heavy Objects

Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.


Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

Stuffed Furniture

Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

Strong Boxes

Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).


If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

List Contents

List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

Metal Items

Wipe any items made of metal – bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. – with machine oil to prevent rusting.

Wrap It Up

Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.