Self Storage Tips


How should I place and organize my boxes in the storage unit?

The most effective way to organize your belongings in the unit is to put the items you will access most frequently in the front. Stack boxes and put the heavier ones on the bottom. Fragile items should always be on top.

Do I need to store everything in boxes?

Putting your items into boxes makes it easier to organize your belongings once everything is in the unit. Boxes are also very stackable and sturdy unlike bags. We suggest you use boxes for a majority of your belongings. You can purchase all different sizes and kinds at every one of our stores.

How can I make the most of the space I have?

When you can, break down large items into its pieces. Take the legs off of tables and store furniture on end when you can. Put the bolts and screws in a plastic bag and tape the bag to to furniture it goes to. Store small items like pots and pans in large appliances, such as stoves or refrigerators. Think creatively!

How should I store delicate items?

Wrap your delicate items in bubble wrap or newsprint and store them in furniture drawers or sturdy boxes. Make sure to place the fragile boxes on top of the heavier ones to protect the items from breaking.

Can I store food?

Canned foods can be stored but perishable food products like cereals, produce or meats are not allowed. These may spoil or attract pests.

Should I cover my furniture to protect it?

It's always a good idea to protect your furniture, especially if you are planning to store it for a long period of time. Wrap furniture legs with bubble wrap, furniture covers and/or pads to prevent scratching. For mattresses, we have mattress covers available for purchase.

Can I store gas powered vehicles?

Yes, you can store vehicles and equipment such as lawnmowers. All fluids should be drained prior to storing. Do not store hazardous or combustible materials.

Do I need to tape up my boxes?

Tightly taped boxes will prevent dust from entering. Taping them will also make them sturdier.

How should I store clothes?

You can purchase wardrobe boxes at any one of our locations that have a built-in hanging rod to keep the clothes from wrinkling.

What's the best way to store electrical items?

Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, and computers should be packed in their original boxes if possible. If you are using a new box, choose one that is as close in size to the original as possible, and fill the gaps with paper.