Helpful Storage Tips
Packing your Space
- Place pallets or plastic on the floor
- Leave a walkway to the rear of the unit
- Place frequently retrieved items near the front
- Place valuables in the rear of the unit
- Tables having removable legs should be "broken down" to save space
- Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space
- Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage space.
- List contents of boxes on 3x5 note cards instead of on each box.Number the boxes to match card numbers. Keep cards in a safe convenient place for use when unpacking.
- Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
- Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes.
Residential - Home / Apartment Storage Tips
- Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes. They are much
easier to stack that way.
- Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in
a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
- Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates
marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.
- Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for
blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
- Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
- Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of
the unit to avoid having to search for them.
- Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This
will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for an easier
time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hardware in
bags and mark the bags accordingly.
- Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before
storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent
- To prevent rusting rub a small amount of machine oil on
metal tools, bicycles, and equipment. Drain and clean all
debris from all equipment before you store them.
- If you've collected lots of books over time, it's a
great time to reevaluate what you really want to keep. Never
pack more than 30 pounds of books in a box. Use small boxes
and pack books flat so the corners won't break.
- Load furniture first and boxes last in the truck. It
will make it easier when you unload at your storage space.
- Clothing, rugs and anything fabric related should be
clean and free from anything that may attract pests.
- Wrap sofas in heavy blankets and, if possible, stand on
end. Disassemble furniture and wrap table legs in paper. If
furniture, such as a table, will not disassemble, place
padding on the floor and place the table on its top with
legs pointing up. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked
"seat to seat" or placed upside down on other furniture.
Keep upholstery off the floor. Place plastic covers over
upholstered items and mattresses.
Commercial & Business Storage Tips
- When storing books, pack them flat in the box to protect
their spines. Use packing paper to fill out empty areas in the
boxes. Do not overload.
- Documents and file boxes can be stored more efficiently
using free standing shelving. Be sure to make a list of all
stored materials, and if possible, add coding to your boxes in
an easily viewable place on the storage box to make retrieval
- When storing tools, metal items and equipment, be sure to
clean and wipe with a rag and machine oil to keep away dust
- Never store perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable
liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a
- Use a good quality lock on your door. Cheap locks are not as
secure and can rust.
- Do not store anything hazardous. (i.e. flammable, explosives, corrosives, or poisons)
- Make a complete list of all goods stored. Keep sales
receipts, proof of purchase, owner's manuals and warranties to
prove ownership. Keep all of these records in a safe place away
from your storage space.