Be prepared. Gather all the materials and supplies
you need before you start: boxes, tape, packing materials, markers,
furniture covers and so on.
Label, label, label. Mark every box with its
contents, and keep a written inventory as you pack. One less
headache when you need something.
Use the right box. Use large boxes for light items
(linens, pillows, lamps) and smaller boxes for heavier items (books,
Take care. Pack small things carefully into boxes
with appropriate packing materials. Don’t toss things into a garbage
bag; they risk damage from knocks or bumps and mildew from lack of
ventilation and bugs and mice.
This side up. If you combine different weights of
items in one box, always put the heavier things on the bottom and
mark the box “this side up.”
Don’t overload. Packed boxes should only weigh as
much as you can lift without straining – for most people, less than
Tape it up. Make sure all your packed boxes are
securely sealed with packing tape, with the tops flat (to make it
easier to stack them).
Hang it up. Use a wardrobe box to hang clothing,
draperies and other fabrics that need to breathe and be kept
Break it down. Disassemble bed frames and lash them
together with tape or twine. Use small plastic bags to store screws
and bolts and tape them to the frame that they belong to.
Respect breakables. Wrap dishes and glassware
individually, and pad the box with packing paper, bubble wrap and
old newspaper makes for a cheap green way to put that newspaper to a
- Access Hours
Sun:7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Plan ahead. Keep your frequently used items at the
front of your unit where you can get at them easily.
Map It. As you move into your storage space, make a
simple drawing that shows where items are placed.
Cover up. Protect your furniture, including
mattresses and box springs, with covers designed for the item.
Think vertical. Make best use of your storage area
by stacking to the ceiling, working from heaviest items on the
bottom to lightest items on top.
Don’t over-reach. Use a stool or ladder to stack and
reach items stored above your head.
Maximize space. Break down any furniture that has
removable legs, leaves or other parts. Stack chairs seat-to-seat
with towels or blankets between them.
Use your refrigerator or other appliances to store
things like linens – Keep the door of any appliances open so air can
circulate inside them.
Take a breath. Leave a little space between the
walls of your unit and your stored items to allow for ventilation.
Tool up. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be
stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one
- Fire prevention. If you’re storing a gas-powered lawnmower or leaf
blower, prevent unpleasant odors by draining the tank before you put
it in your unit.