Storage Tips

A guide to a better storage experience: use our handy tips to unclutter yourself and make your life simpler.

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 to stack and reach items stored above your head.
Optimize your space. Break down any furniture that has removable legs, leaves or other parts. Stack chairs seat-to-seat with towels or blankets between them.
Multi-task. Use your refrigerator or other appliances to store things like linens – even books or CDs. Wedge 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 another.
Clear the air. 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.
Be prepared. Keep an extra emergency preparedness kit in your storage unit. If your home is inaccessible, you’ll have a second supply resource.
Always clean and thoroughly dry appliances before storing. Placing a receptacle of salt inside freezers and refrigerators will help absorb moisture
Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top
Label ALL boxes for easy identification

Size Guide

5×5 Small bathroom Small furniture such as chest of drawers, plus boxes and miscellaneous small items, boxed business files or office supplies.
5×10 Walkin Closet The furnishings of one or two bedrooms. For example, a couch and chair, dresser, mattress and small boxes and items. Perfect for extra business inventory or office equipment.
10×10 Average Bedroom Holds furniture of a family room, or contents of two bedrooms. Or an entire office including desk, chairs, computer, lamps, shelves.
10×15 Large Bedroom Store the furnishings of an entire 2 bedroom apartment. including desk, chairs, computer, lamps, shelves.
10×20 One Car Garage Holds the contents of a 5-bedroom house, or five years of business files, including desk, chairs, computer, lamps, shelves.