Practical Self Storage Tips

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Making lists, planning and packing tips for your self storage process.

The Lock Up Self Storage offers these helpful storage tips to help make your self-storage experience easier:

  • Make a list of all the packing accessories needed to store your items. Bubble-pack, tape, rope, drop cloths, polyurethane sheeting, mattress and furniture covers, pallets, and cartons are just a few of the more commonly used packing items.
  • Leave a walkway to the rear of the self storage unit for better accessibility. Disassemble items such as bed frames to maximize the space in the unit.
  • Place frequently used items near the door or at the front of the unit.
  • Fill containers to capacity; partially full or bulging cartons may collapse or tip over in the unit.
  • Pack heavy items like books or tools in smaller boxes.
  • Fragile items should be cushioned by packing and placed towards the top of the unit.
  • Label your cartons and take home a list of the labeled cartons for easy reference.
  • Line the bottom of your self storage unit with a plastic drop cloth for added protection.
  • Use pallets as a foundation to place cartons on top of the pallets.
  • Mothballs are an added protection for your belongings.
  • Take full advantage of your self storage unit’s space use the full height if possible. Shelving helps organize your unit.

Find a Lock Up self storage facility near you today. If you have any further questions about self storage, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-866-327-LOCK.


  1. Thanks for your tip to choose a storage unit that you can store everything you need in. I like how you said that it’s beneficial to make a list of everything you’ve put in there as well. I like how you said that you should pack it in a way that makes it easy to navigate through it if you ever need to get something. My husband and I are looking into public storage units to keep some of our summer things right now; thanks for the tips.

  2. I know that my mom will be in need of some tips as she looks into self-storage. She is not as well-organized as she would like to admit, so I am sure she would appreciate the help. When she packs up, I will be sure she has mothballs in the boxes necessary to have that protection.

  3. I liked what you said about making a list of all the things you should be using when storing your items. I love making lists, but I never thought to actually make a list of things that I will be using to pack. I think this is a great idea and it will really help to streamline the process rather than going into the whole thing blind.

  4. These tips are really helpful and very practical. So glad I found your article. Just the thing I was looking for. I liked what you said about making a list of all the things you should be using when storing your items. I also like how you said that you should pack it in a way that makes it easy to navigate through it if you ever need to get something.

  5. Thanks for the tips for using self storage. I like how you said heavy things should be stored in smaller boxes. I’ll remember that for when we move this year.

  6. Thanks for the tips on storing your things in a self-storage unit. I agree that you should be using the full height of the storage unit so you aren’t losing out on a bunch of space. My brother is in need of a unit because he is moving to a smaller space; I will be sure to share this with him.

  7. I really like your tip to line the bottom of your storage unit with plastic. My wife and I have been trying to find some more space so we can free up our house. If we get a storage unit, I will be sure to line the floor with plastic!

  8. Thanks for your helpful storage tips like giving caution to fragile items at the top so that they won’t break. As we’re planning to relocate on December in time for the Christmas break, we’re already thinking of ways how to make moving easier for us. Since buying storage units will prove to be an advantage, we are set to look for buying a few units for that purpose.

  9. I recently sold my home and I will be living in a small apartment until I finalize the purchase of my new home where I plan to live. I have a lot of items that will not fit in the small apartment, so I am thinking about renting a self-storage unit for a few months. You make a great point that you should leave a walk wain in the storage unit so that it will be easier to get to any items I might need while living in a small apartment. Also, I will make sure to label every box so it will be organized and much easier to move into my new home when the time comes.

  10. One of my friends does a lot of business selling overstocked goods, so a storage unit could do him a lot of good. It was helpful when you said that one should put frequently used items near the entrance, as it will make it easier for you to access them. These tips could really help my friend out, so thank you for sharing them.

  11. My wife and I plan on storing some things when we move, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about leaving a walkway through the unit. We’ll be sure to do this so we can access things at the back of the unit if we need to.

  12. I like your tip to label your cartons in your storage unit and take home a list of the labeled cartons for easy reference. My husband and I are thinking about getting a self-storage unit so that we have somewhere safe to keep all our stuff while our house is being remodeled. I think that labeling everything and keeping track of it would help us if we needed to find something while it was in storage and help us know where everything eas when it was time to unpack it.


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