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Packing a Storage Unit

By Jane Martin - North Pulaski Storage

Author: Michael Hall/Thursday, October 26, 2017/Categories: Uncategorized

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If you follow these guidelines, you can get the most efficient use from your storage unit. You will be able to locate an item you might need without unpacking your whole unit.

Most storage websites have a estimator to help you decide on a size. If they don't, the manager should be able to help you in picking out a unit to meet your needs.

Once you have your unit rented, it's time to get down to business.


Make sure you have plenty of sturdy boxes. I prefer plastic totes, but boxes will do just fine. Using no more than 2 different size boxes, make for easier stacking.

  • Make sure you fill the boxes to the top. This way that won't collapse when stacking. Also, if boxes are full they collect less dust.
  • Use smaller boxes for the heavy items. You want to be able to lift the boxes.
  • Store books flat. If stored upright it could damage the spine.  Again, use smaller boxes so you can easily manage.
  • Label your boxes on all sides. Listing all items in the box is better than just writing 'Kitchen". If you're looking for a particular item, you won't have to open all the boxes labeled "Kitchen", to find a spatula.
  • Wrap breakables in newsprint or bubble wrap.

Once everything is packed up and it's time to put into storage, follow these guidelines.

  • Shelves are ideal for using in storage units. But if you don't have shelves consider putting down some pallets or 2 x 4's to keep moisture from damaging your boxes.
  • Store heavier boxes on bottom.
  • Leave aisles so you can easily access all your boxes.
  • Put the items you might need in the front of your unit.
  • Leave appliance doors slightly open for air circulation.
  • You can also store items inside appliances and furniture.
  • Take large items apart to take up less space. For instance, dining room tables.
  • Make sure all appliances, toasters, canisters are free of crumbs or food particles. These attract pest and rodents. Never store any type of food for this reason as well.

 It may take a little extra time but it will be time well spent.  If I'm being honest, I have to admit my storgae unit looks like the picture on the right. So... do as I say, not as I do, would apply here!


Until next time..."The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday." Anonymous


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