9 Packing Tips When Using a Storage Unit

Mini Storage Packing Tips1. Use boxes (not plastic bags) that are a uniform size, they’re easier to stack (Place the heavy ones on the bottom and the light ones on top). Mark each box with a description so you can later find items easier.

2. Leave small walkways between the boxes and furniture in your storage unit so you can easily get to the items you want without having to move anything around.

3. If you’re storing a lot of packing boxes in your unit, try to fill them to the top, even if it’s just with padding and old, crumpled newspapers. Boxes that are only half-filled tend to collapse if anything’s placed on them.

4. Treat metal objects with rust protector or wipe down with an oily rag. 

5. It’s wise to take a few precautions of your own against theft. Pack your storage unit so that your most valuable items are at the back, and purchase a high quality padlock to put on the door. Keep the keys and gate access code secure at all times. Do not allow unsupervised hired individuals or a friend of a friend to have access while helping you move.

6. Guard against humidity. The humidity in your self-storage unit can cause your furniture to warp and your appliances to mildew. Leaving a space between your stuff and the unit’s wall allows for air to circulate within the unit. Laying plastic sheeting on the floor and stacking boxes on top of wooden pallets can prevent condensation damage. So can using old linens or other fabrics, instead of plastic, to protect your stuff from dust.

7. If you’re storing a refrigerator in your unit leave the door ajar. This will prevent mold from growing inside.

8. Under no circumstances should you keep anything flammable or combustible in your storage building. This means no gasoline, oil, cleaning fluids or paint thinner. If you’re storing any machinery that runs on gas, drain the tank before you store it.

9. NEVER store food items, it will attract mice and insects putting your belongings at risk for damage.