As long as there is a storage unit available that meets your self-storage needs, you can move in any time that works for you.
Packing & Storage
- Rent the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full.
- Gather as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers, and packing material, like foam shipping noodles, Bubble Wrap, clean packing paper, or towels.
- If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy storage and stable stacking inside your unit.
- Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from your unit. Consider photographing or video recording the contents of your unit, too.
- Prepare your space by placing a protective cover or pallet on the floor of your rental unit and under your goods to guard against dampness.
- Plan your storage space. Place items you need to access often in the front of your unit and items you know you will not need in the back.
- CAUTION! Do not store anything combustible, including paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint.
- For convenient access inside your unit, leave an aisle down the center and a small space between the walls and your storage boxes or items – this provides good air circulation.
- Stack heavier boxes toward the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
- Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 to 30 pounds, and err on the side of less for packing your boxes.
- List the contents of your box on all four sides, and number your boxes for inventory. Then, seal each with tape.
- Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes or in a specialized dish-pack system. Store these boxes on top to avoid damage due to heavier weight crushing the contents.
- Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or packed in picture/mirror boxes and marked "FRAGILE." Stack them on end and not flat.
- Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, and small items. Before placing items in drawers, wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to protect them and prevent breakage.
- Larger appliances such as refrigerators and stoves should be thoroughly cleaned and the door(s) left slightly ajar.
- Place TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
- Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
- Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
- Sofas and loveseats with flat sides can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
- Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- Cover stuffed furniture with blankets or use plastic furniture covers to protect against dust.
- If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight.
- Wipe any items made of metal like bikes, metal tables, and tools with machine oil to prevent rusting.