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Storage Tips

General Self Storage Hints and Tips

Determine the Packing Materials You Need:

No matter what reason you find yourself using a storage unit, odds are you will need some moving and packing supplies, such as:

  • Boxes
  • Storage Cartons
  • Storage Containers
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Packing Paper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Rope
  • Drop Cloths
  • Blankets
  • Furniture Covers
  • Mattress Covers
  • Dollies
  • Dehumidifiers

Luckily for you, most of these items can be found for sale at any one of our Stor-Mor storage facilities. Getting the moving and packing supplies you need is essential to effective and efficient self-storage! Unsure of what supplies you might need? Feel free to contact us!

Packing Your Boxes and Containers:

When packing your boxes and containers, it is always best practice to fill everything to capacity so there is no wasted space. That said, feel free to use packing (such as blankets) to fill empty spaces and protect fragile goods.

Remember, partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse! Being mindful about your storage strategy is key to an effective, successful self-storage experience.


Labeling is an important process that can save you tons of time in the long run! Use labels to effectively keep track of what you are storing and where you are storing it. List the contents of boxes and containers on all four sides so you always know what is inside. It may also be helpful to make up an inventory of your stored items – just make sure you keep this in a safe place so you can reference it later!

Packing Your Storage Unit:

Priority in packing is key to both making the most of your space and packing items safely. It is best practice to stack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones, and to use uniform size boxes so stacking them is a breeze. If you are concerned about dampness affecting the items stored within your boxes, be sure to place your boxes upon boards or pallets to help keep items dry. Leave air space around the perimeter of your stored items to help with ventilation.

Securing Your Storage Unit:

Securing your storage unit is simple, yet important. Always use high quality locks – cheap locks rust and will not provide good protection!

Commonly Stored Items

1. Appliances:

All appliances should be cleaned before storing them. A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Large appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothing.

2. Books and Documents:

Pack books flat to protect their spines. File boxes are the best way to store documents. Do not store fragile items with books or documents.

3. Clothing, Curtains, Drapes, and Linens:

To best preserve clothing, curtains and drapes, store them on hangers. Wardrobe boxes are ideal for this. Store linens in drawers, chests, or boxes.

4. Combustibles:

Do not store anything combustible, such as, paint, paint thinner, gasoline, and solvents.

5. Dishes and Glasses:

Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper or bubble wrap to avoid breakage. Always place a layer of packing on the bottom and top of a box of dishes or glasses for extra support.

6. Furniture and Lamps:

Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Cover furniture with cardboard, blankets, or plastic to prevent against dust. Wrap lamp shades in paper and lamp bases with blankets. Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for small items. Sofas can be stored on their end to save space.

7. Holiday Decorations:

Save the original packaging in which the decorations came in and place them back in these packages for storage. Pad ornaments and delicate decorations with packing paper. Place lights around a piece of cardboard and then in a box lined with packing paper.

8. Mattresses:

Prop mattresses on their sides to save space. Make sure they stand straight to avoid from bending out of shape and becoming lumpy. Cover them with blankets or plastic for protection against dust and damage.

9. Pictures and Mirrors:

Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked with “Fragile”. Store them on their edges to save space.

10. Tools and Other Metal Items:

To avoid tools and other metal items from rusting, wipe them with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be tied in bundles and stored together in empty trash cans.

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