How to Properly Pack Your Storage Unit

15 July 2011 by


You found the perfect storage facility through our website, got a great deal and are ready to move your stuff in. How do you go about packing up your stuff so you can get to it when you need it? How do you pack your stuff in the storage unit so it’s not lost forever? Even though your storage unit doesn’t move, there is still many things which can happen to your belongings while in the unit. The easiest thing to do is to plan ahead before you move in. We break the planning and packing into 3 simple steps which are easy to follow:

Step 1: Plan Ahead

  • Prioritize items which will be packed in boxes and stacked
  • Identify items you want to access more often so they can be placed at the front of the storage unit for easy access.
  • If possible, stack your most valuable possessions towards the back of the unit in case of theft. It is harder to reach the back of the unit obviously.
  • Pack and stack items by weight. The heavier stuff will go on the bottom so it does not crush the lighter, fragile items.
  • Treat metal items with a rust protector or wipe them down with an oily rag to prevent rust build up.
  • How often do you need to access the unit? Will you need a truck? Do you care about security? All self storage facilities are different and have various amenities and restrictions so be sure to ask questions.

Step 2: Choose the Correct Size Unit

  • Storage facilities rent units in a variety of sizes. It is best to rent a smaller unit and pack it from floor to ceiling rather than pay for space you’re not using.
  • If you want and have the money to do so, rent a unit with a little extra space to give you room to move around in the unit. It isn’t wise to pay for a unit much larger than you would need, especially in this economy, but you will also be able to store additional items should you need to do so in the future.
  • Do you need climate controlled units? Furniture, antiques, electronics and photos all should be stored carefully in climate controlled units. You don’t want to find out you have damaged goods because the unit got too hot or too cold. The higher cost of climate controlled units is worth the price.

Step 3: Pack Items Efficiently

  • Use sturdy boxes, bubble tape and moving tape. You should be able to get all of these items at the storage facility. Sturdy boxes will help keep the weight of your belongings and won’t break under pressure.
  • Box all of your belongings up so nothing gets dusty, left out or breaks.
  • Fill the boxes to capacity but distribute the weight evenly. Filling 1 box with your library collection and the next box with pillows will have you visiting your chiropractor the next day.
  • Mark your boxes so you know what is in each one. A simple “Fragile” marking goes a long way.
  • Defrost your refrigerator so it does not grow mold or mildew.
  • Take pictures and estimate the worth of your belongings for insurance purposes in case of damage or theft.

Packing your belongings into a storage unit seems like a mindless, pointless activity until you get to the unit and have no clue on how to store and access your stuff. Take the time to plan accordingly and you will be rewarded with a nice, clean storage unit when you go to unpack in the future.

SSF Team

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