AAAA Self Storage Management Group

Packing & Storage Tips

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

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

  • If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.

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

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

  • CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)

  • Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access.

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

  • Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cover upholstered furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight to prevent them from bending out of shape.