Ground Storage Units

Storage & Packing Tips

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  • Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
  • Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
  • If Possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
  • Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  • Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness.
  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
  • CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
  • Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
  • Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top
  • Boxes should not be over 30 lbs. This will make lifting them easier.
  • List contents of boxes on all four sides.
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
  • Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
  • Tables and furniture that have removable legs should be broken down to maximize space. Mark the pieces for easy assembly.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture
  • Cover stuffed furniture with covers or blankets to protect against dust.
  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
  • Wrap wooden furniture in blankets to protect finish
  • Wipe bicycle and other metal items with a rag containing machine oil; remove bicycle chains so they won't snag or stain other items.
  • Pack books flat and fill empty space in box with paper
  • Potpourri or cedar balls will keep clothes smelling fresh
  • If storing clothes or upholstered furniture, consider placing moth balls wrapped in a paper towel in your unit to ward off moth larvae