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.

7 COMMENTS

  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!

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