Moving and Storage Tips

Useful self storage moving tips we've learned over the years.

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To best utilize your self storage unit space and to protect your belongings please follow the guidelines.

- Make a plan of the storage unit and how your items will be arranged.
- Leave an aisle in the center of the storage unit for easy access to the rear. 
- Never store food or items that attract pests.
- Never store hazardous materials such as flammable liquids in your self storage unit. 
- Keep items off the floor of the storage unit to improve ventilation.
- Use pallets, plywood, corrugated cardboard mats, etc. 
- Use the full height to take advantage of your storage unit space.
- Shelving will help organize your space. 
- Label boxes on all sides. Keep a list that details contents.
- Store frequently used items near the front. Pack valuables towards the rear, such as stereos.
- Fill boxes to avoid tipping or crushing when stacked, with the heaviest on bottom. 
- Disassemble tables, bed frames, cabinets, etc. Label accordingly for easy assembly later.
- Make sure all appliances are clean and dry before storage.
- Wedge refrigerator and freezer doors ajar.
- Rub oil on metal objects to avoid rusting.
- Avoid using plastic to cover belongings. 
- Store couches on end, chairs seat to seat, tables upside down with legs pointing up. 
- Use dust covers/bedsheets to cover. 
- Mirrors, records and flat items should be stored on end, not flat.
- Books should be stored flat, and in small boxes. 
- Clothing and drapes should be stored hanging inside wardrobes.
- Use drawers in dressers to store delicate items. 
- Check if your belongings are covered by homeowners/renters insurance.
- If not, purchase separate storage insurance.

More moving and storage tips from Star Storage World

  • Gather Materials

    Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper, or towels).
  • Uniform Sizes

    If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking. We sell clean, sturdy boxes for your convenience.
  • Inventory

    Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.
  • Prepare

    Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  • Keep Dry

    Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  • Access

    Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit so you don’t have to rearrange to get to them later.

    Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).
  • Easier Access

    Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access.
  • Strong Boxes

    Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box). Place heavier items in smaller boxes and use larger boxes for lighter items.
  • Stack

    Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top to avoid crushing the contents.
  • List Contents

    List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape. Add each box and its contents to your inventory list.
  • Wrap It Up
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper or foam and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
  • Fragile

    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end, somewhere they are unlikely to be knocked over or fall down.
  • Extra Space

    Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, blankets, or foam wrap to prevent breakage.
  • Appliances

    Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Be sure to clean the appliances thoroughly and allow them to air dry before storing.
  • Electronics

    Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  • Stored Together

    Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
  • Removable Legs

    Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  • Sofas and Loveseats

    Sofas and loveseats can sometimes be stored on end to save floor space, depending on how they are made. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
  • Sharp or Heavy Objects

    Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Stuffed Furniture

    Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust. We sell dust covers that work nicely.
  • Mattresses

    If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.