Storage Tips

Tips to Storing That Save You Time and Money

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• Store couches on end to save room.

• Use furniture covers to protect your items.

• Clear a path down the center of your unit to easily reach items.

• Cushion fragile items and keep them toward the top so they don’t break.

• Store valuable items toward the back to avoid tempting someone to steal.

• Fill boxes to capacity so they don’t tip or collapse.

• Store items you will need to access frequently toward the front of your unit.

• Pack boxes evenly and fully.

• Label boxes and keep a list of items in each box so you know where everything is placed.

• Measure the length, width and height of the largest item you need to store. This will show you the smallest unit size you could take.

• If you’re storing the entire contents of your house, let the storage provider know how many bedrooms you have, as this is a good indicator of space needed.

• If you’re storing everything in boxes, tell the self-storage facility the size of box and how many you have – they can make an estimate based on this.

• If you have room in a garage or a spare room, for example, put all of your boxes and storage items in it as if you were storing it so you can see how much space it takes up.


• Make packing for storage easier on yourself by planning ahead. Start by listing all items you are going to store as well as their approximate sizes. Also, gather up plenty of sturdy corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers or shelving you intend to use in your storage unit.

• Pack as much as you can in uniform-size boxes.  Fill them tightly, but take care to neither over-pack nor under-pack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half-full boxes tend to collapse.) Use wadded-up newsprint, bubble wrap, rags, towels or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection, seal cartons with tape.

• Pack heavy items, such as books and tools, in small boxes. For easier handling, limit the weight of all cartons (regardless of size) to 30 lbs. or less.

• Label all boxes and cartons. Label with room description such as “kitchen”, “bedroom”, “books”, “pictures”, “holiday”, etc. so you know their contents. Also keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.

• Clean and dry appliances thoroughly. This especially applies to refrigerators and washing machines, which may contain unseen fluids. Secure all movable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport, tape all doors shut but remember to wedge them open to prevent mold or mildew growth when placed in storage.

• Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.

• Pack books or collectible magazines flat to protect their spines. Line the storage containers with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.

• Use bureau drawers to store small, fragile items. Clothing and towels make excellent packing material. Please remember to note where these fragile items are located so that when it comes to removing them from storage there is no chance of them getting broken.

• Protect chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.

• Hang clothing and draperies in wardrobe boxes. Shoes and folded items can be placed on the bottom. Add mothballs or cedar chips for extra protection.

• Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.

• Pack lamps and lampshades carefully. Use individual boxes using plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding. Make sure these are placed at the top of your boxes for extra security.

• Pad mirrors and paintings with paper and / or bubble wrap. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes. Mark boxes “Fragile”. Never store mirrors or paintings flat. Always place them on edge.

• Remove the legs from larger tables. This will conserve storage space. Tie and pad extra leaves together. Store tabletops on edge and pad with paper or blankets.

• Wipe the surfaces of tools, bikes, and other metal objects.

• Save money by renting the smallest amount of space you need Cover the floor with a plastic tarp before moving in your belongings. Use pallets or shelving as a foundation for cartons and furniture, as well as shelving wherever possible.

• Stack boxes shoulder-high.

• Do not place book boxes directly on the floor. Cover the floor with plastic or use pallets. This will help save boxes from moisture in the winters especially.

• Place items you use frequently near the storage room door. This will save time if you are accessing your container frequently. It will also prevent unnecessary movement of your stored items that might cause damage.

• Store lightweight small items around the back of the locker. Move large, heavy items into storage last. Remember to leave a walkway too so you can get the rear of the unit.

• Pack stereos, cameras and other high-value items carefully. Use unmarked boxes toward the rear of the storage space or label them kitchen utensils or something unattractive or unknown to anyone else. On your list at home, make a note that of what you labeled the box for safety reasons.

• Use protective bags for mattresses, box springs and sofas. Store them on the sides of the unit for efficiency. Don’t place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.

• Rugs should be vacuumed, rolled up and tied. You may want to use mothballs or moth flakes as you roll up the carpet for added protection.

• Leave a few inches of space. Leaving space between your items and the wall is better for ventilation. Do not lean anything against the wall, especially if it has the possibility to tip over.

• Cover the entire load with a light plastic cover, close and lock your unit

Do-It-Yourself Storage

4835 South Avenue
Toledo, OH 43615
(419) 531-1225

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Gate Hours:

Monday - Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(including Holidays)

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