- Blankets, Draperies and Clothing – have blankets, draperies and out-of-season clothing cleaned, then pack them, still on the hanger, in our wardrobe box.
- Books – pack them flat, not standing on end (which may cause damage to the spines). Books are extremely heavy, so do’t pack too many in one box or mix them with fragile items.
- Mirrors and Pictures – large works should be stored in our specially designed picture boxes. Smaller pictures can be wrapped in bubble wrap or packing paper and stored in boxes with clothing or linens.
- Furniture and Tables – remove legs and disassemble to conserve storage space. Wrap with furniture pads to protect from soil and scratches. Tape the legs together for storage.
- Photos – old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Acid free cardboard works best. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Negatives take up little space. Consider keeping them with you.
Organizing Your Unit
- Leave a few inches of space between your items and the wall for better ventilation.
- Gather the things you are least likely to need during the time you are storing your belongings. Place these things in the room first.
- Store heaviest items on the bottom and the lighter items on top. Place cartons so that you can read the label which lists their contents.
- Place the things you are most likely to need closest to the door for easy access.
- Securely latch and lock the door to your storage room when leaving.
Storage PlanningThe size planning stage is arguably the most important, because what’s decided here determines how much stuff you can fit in your storage unit. Choosing the right size unit with the right features is key. Try our storage calculator to help determine what size storage unit you need.
Layout Your StuffOrganizing a layout of the stuff you intend to place in your storage unit is a good idea. We recommend taking measurements of all large items to make sure they will fit properly in the unit you choose and testing your proposed configurations.
Moving InWhile moving in, we ask that you are mindful of the walls, ceiling and storage unit doors when transporting stuff. We have furniture and appliance dollys available to help you get your stuff in to your unit safely and damage free.