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.


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