Storage 101

Here are some tips for storing your stuff, aimed to make your storage experience efficient and stress-free. Please let us know how we can help. And if you need more advice, you need only ask. We love a challenge.

  • Store items you really need at the front of the unit. You don't want to be digging through boxes for your cell phone charger.

  • Do not store important documents (deeds, passports, insurance policies, birth certificates). Keep them with you.
  • When you pack your storage unit, create a nice center aisle for easy access to all your stuff.
  • Try not to place boxes directly on concrete floors. Use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption.
  • Plastic containers tend to provide more protection from possible water or moisture damage.


  • If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas end to end, to save space. Be sure to wrap chairs and tabletops completely in protective quilts so that nice finishes won't be scratched or nicked. Treat wood with a good polish before storing.
  • Use trashcans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.


  • Mattresses should be wrapped and stored flat on level surfaces.
  • When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
  • Hang blankets, draperies, and dress clothes in wardrobe boxes.
  • Always use high quality locks on your unit. (We sell them!) Just ask the manager for a recommendation.
  • To be safe, drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.


You'd think we'd never have to state the obvious, but sometimes people do nutty things. So here are a few big storage NO NOs:

  • Never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that require a controlled environment.

For more storage help and handy packing tips, go to Get Organized.