The Self Storage Cheat Sheet

The decision has been made that you need a storage unit to stow your “extra” personal belongings. You have visited a Sentinel Storage location and know it is the self storage facility that fits all of your needs.  It’s time to get your stuff packed into boxes and ready for the storage unit. We’ve summarized a few tips to properly pack boxes for moving, and then how to pack those boxes in your storage unit.

How to Pack Boxes for Storage

First, it is important to invest in good sturdy moving boxes. Sentinel Storage offers moving and packing supplies at all of our 23 locations.

A few tips to properly pack your boxes to place in storage:

1. Make sure the bottom of the boxes are firmly sealed with packing tape.

2. Pack like items together in boxes.

3. Line the boxes that you are using for breakable items such as glasses, dishes and collectible items with bubble wrap or newsprint.

4. Roll glasses onto the newsprint paper and tuck in the ends of the paper as you roll for a tight package. Tape the package to prevent the paper from unraveling.

5. Place heavier items at the bottom of the boxes, then place filler protection between the pieces and place another layer of items. Put the lightest item at the top of the boxes, while leaving about 3 inches of space from the top for filler paper.

6. Make sure that the box is completely full. If not the box could collapse in a stack in storage.

7. Completely seal the top of the box with packing tape to prevent dust or dirt from getting into the box.

8. Hang clothing, heavy drapery, heavy blankets and quilts in wardrobe boxes.

9. Pack lampshades, linens, pillow and larger lighter items in larger boxes.

10. Label each box with the contents on multiple sides of the box. Keep an inventory list of the boxes on a separate notepad to use as a reference after moving day.

Tips to Successfully Pack a Self Storage Unit

Now that your boxes are packed correctly, it’s time to move things into the storage unit. If you pack and store your items properly in the storage unit, then you can get the most “bang for your buck” in the storage space. Packing your storage unit is an easy task once you get your items organized and ready.

1. Remember to label every box!

2. Make sure that packed boxes are full and packed correctly. Fill in the extra spaces in the boxes with filler such as paper, towels, clothes and bubble wrap.

3. Properly seal the stored boxes with good packing tape. This will prevent dust and moisture from getting in and ruining your items!

4. Utilize empty spaces in furniture, shelving units and appliances for extra storage.

5. Don’t make a stored box heavier than 30lbs! Place large items such as pillows, blankets or lamp shades in larger boxes. Place books, plates or glassware in smaller, heavier and sturdier boxes.

6. Properly stack boxes in the self storage unit.  Place the heavier boxes at the bottom of the stack while placing the boxes with more fragile items on the top of the stack.

7. Place larger items and least-used belongings towards the back of the storage unit. If possible, leave enough space in your storage unit to create a walk way to access your items.

8. Take apart tables and beds for storage. Wrap the legs together in bubble wrap or linens for protection. Make sure to attach the nuts, bolts and screws to the table or bed, so you can put the item back together after storage.

9. Use as much vertical space as possible in the storage unit. Stack chairs on top of one another for added space. Store mattresses and couches standing up to give more storage room in the unit.

10. To protect belongings such as furniture or mattresses from dust, dirt or moisture, use furniture covers and mattress covers.  Place protective covering on the storage unit floor to protect your belongings.

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