As you move into your storage unit, it’s a good idea to make an inventory list of your belongings.


When possible, use the same size boxes, they stack better and create efficient use of space.




Store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them later.  Place any important papers and documents in one box and store it near the door for easy access.


Keep your out-of-season clothes accessible.  You may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.


Place electronics in the back of your unit, away from the door.  It’s best to store television sets on top of something, not on the concrete floor.


Leave a small space between the items stored and the storage unit’s walls.


Do not use newspaper to pack with.  The ink may run off onto your items.


Place large items in first.


Defrost refrigerators and freezers at least 48 hours prior to storage.  Place activated charcoal in the bottom and have something to hold the door open.


Drain all washing machines and garden hoses.


Remove all gasoline and oil from lawnmowers and place heavy paper or cardboard under them.


We recommend a paper or cloth covering be placed over clothing and upholstery items.   Sheets and blankets can be used to protect furniture or other items that could get scratched or collect dust.


Do not cover items with plastic bags as moisture may get trapped and cause mold and mildew.  Do not store clothing in closed plastic bags.


Place loose items in the middle or back of the unit away from the door.  Small items may fall against the door and make it difficult to open.


Store mattresses by covering them with plastic or paper.  Put cardboard or wooden pallets on the floor under the mattresses.  Using a pallet allows air flow and limits condensation.



SMILE!  The hardest part (the packing) is done.  Now, with a little bit of luck and a lot of patience, it will all fit.