- Estimate the number of boxes you’ll need as well as packing material (packing paper, bubble wrap, foam shipping noodles), tape, and markers. We sell packing and moving supplies, so we can help with this.
- Use strong, new or almost new, boxes. Try not to use boxes from grocery and liquor stores. They may be harboring insects or rodents, and they’re probably in a weakened condition.
- Create an inventory list of your items and keep copies in a safe place away from the unit.
- Identify which items you may need to access while they are in storage.
Prep Your Space
- Measure and estimate the collective packing size of the items you plan to store.
- To keep items off the unit floor, use furniture pads or pallets to cover the floor under your belongings.
Arrange Boxes for Convenience and Safety
- Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (don’t overpack)
- Account for extra space to provide ventilation and ease of access.
- Plan for anything that you use frequently to be placed in the front of your unit.
- Place boxes that contain fragile or delicate items on top of boxes packed with heavier, sturdier things.
- If you’re storing business files, leave a pathway for easier access.
- List contents on all four sides of boxes and seal tightly with good quality packing tape.
Hazardous Materials and Perishable Items
- It is prohibited to store flammable, hazardous or combustible materials (paint, paint thinner, gasoline, or propane).
- Drain fuel from lawn mowers, snowblowers, trimmers, or any other equipment that you may be storing.
- You are also prohibited from storing perishable items, such as food or even pet food. These can attract rodents and insects.
- Large pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end against a wall.
- China, crystal, porcelain, and any other breakable items should be carefully wrapped in packing paper and/or bubble wrap and boxes should be marked “FRAGILE.” These boxes should be stacked on top of the heavier items.