Storage Tips

What you can fit depends upon how well you pack


  • Leave a center aisle for easy access.
  • Place valuables toward the rear of your space.
  • Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar and use the space inside for extra dry storage.
  • Drain gas from power equipment.
  • Store most-needed items in the front.
  • Label boxes on several sides for easy identification.
  • Disassemble tables legs, store table on its side, bundle or wrap legs together and mark.
  • Protect your mattress by putting them in a large plastic bag.
  • Cover furniture with sheets or blankets so you can stack other items on it.

Packing Techniques


Pack small appliances in original container or a moving box cushioned with packing paper. (Do not use shredded paper – it can clog the appliance!)

With major appliances, check with the appliance dealer for any special moving instructions. For all large appliances, remove loose fittings and accessories and pack separately. Tie down, tape or wedge all movable parts and doors.

For gas dryers, it is highly recommended that you have a gas company disconnect.

Dishwasher/Washing Machine: Stuff towels between machine sides and tub to keep tub from rotating. Pad exterior well. Disconnect hoses, put in plastic bag, place in tub.

Household Items:

Beds: Disassemble the bed frame. Tie rails and cross-pieces together with packing tape. Be sure to mark on tape to show where pieces fit together for reassembly. You can protect your mattress and box spring with a Mattress Cover large sheets of plastic. You may want to cover them just before you walk out the door (the plastic may make it difficult to move downstairs or around awkward corners in your home).

Bicycles: Loosen, lower and turn handlebars at right angles to save space. Clean and cover chains and pedals to protect other items from being snagged or soiled.

Books: They’re heavy, so use Medium Moving Boxes. Don’t mix books with other items. Pack books flat, alternating bindings, and fill empty spaces with packing paper or bubble wrap.

Bureaus, Dressers: Fill drawers with small breakable items and cushion well with loose clothes. Secure drawers with pad or blanket and tape. Do not overload drawers with heavy items.

Chairs: Wrap arms and legs to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat to seat, with a folded blanket or other padding between and tie seats together.

Clothes: Dresses, coats, suits: anything hanging in closets: travel best in reusable Wardrobe Moving Boxes, which can be used seasonally as “extra closets” for wardrobe storage. Other clothes can remain folded in their regular dresser drawers. Also, Large Moving Boxes can hold a lot of clothes without making the box too heavy.

Comforters, Pillows, Large/Light Items: Extra Large Moving Boxes will be best for packing light bulky items. If you have small fragile items, you can pack a few in between the pillows for extra protection: just don’t forget they are there!

Curtain Rod Hardware: Put the hardware in a plastic bag and tape to rod or pack in dresser drawers.

Dishes: Individually wrap each piece. Kitchen Moving Boxes will fit most kitchenware without making the box too heavy. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge: DO NOT STACK FLAT. Cups and bowls may be placed inside each other and wrapped three or four in a bundle.

Kitchenware: Pots, pans, etc. can be stacked in a box with packing paper between them. Remember not to make the box too heavy: someone has to carry it!

Glasses: Wrap each glass separately in packing paper or bubble wrap (you can wrap first in a plastic bag to save washing later).

Fine Furniture: You may want to wrap your best furniture in bubble wrap, not only to protect it from scratching, but to keep dust and dirt off the upholstery. Stretch Wrap can also help to prevent small scratches and dust from damaging your furniture. Make sure to wrap the item very tight to prevent snags while you are moving.

Lamps: After disassembling lamps, pack small bases in dresser drawers surrounded by loose clothing, and large bases in boxes stuffed with packing paper or bubble wrap. Box shades individually in boxes with plenty of packing paper for stuffing. Don’t use newspaper because it smudges.

Lawn Mowers: Drain fuel and oil before loading. Remove handle from hand mowers and place blade end in sturdy box. Mark properly.

Mirrors, Paintings, Prints: Small mirrors can be well wrapped in paper and packed in boxes. For a larger mirrors and large picture frames, Frame Moving Boxes work best. Mark GLASS on the outside to prevent mishandling. Always pack and store on end.

Radios, TVs, Stereos: Box upright and make sure items are well padded on all sides. For console-size equipment, surround with furniture pads, and then move and load upright. Rugs and Pads: After vacuuming rugs and pads, sprinkle with moth flakes. Roll up and tape.

Tables: For large tables, remove legs and tie together. Put hardware in small sealed envelope taped to underside of table top. Pad tops. Pad and tie spare table leaves. For smaller tables, pad top and wrap legs to prevent scratching.

Tools and Gardening Equipment: Drain hoses, coil and pack in boxes. Fill remaining space with lawn sprinklers, small garden hand tools, etc. Combine rakes, shovels, and other long-handled tools together with tape.

Valuables: Set aside jewelry, important papers and safe deposit box contents to be packed in a small container you can keep with you throughout the move.

These tips are intended to help you prepare to pack your storage unit. They are recommendations only and do not serve as a guarantee of any kind. To insure the contents of your unit, we advise purchased insurance.