By taking a few precautionary steps on move-in day, you can save yourself time, protect your belongings, and ultimately enjoy a better storage experience. Use the tips below to best utilize the space in your storage unit!
If you will need frequent access to the items you store, choose a unit large enough to leave an aisle down the center, as well as room for you to move around.
If you will not need frequent access, rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the unit full.
Fortress Self Storage can help you with all the boxes you need, as well as tape, markers, and packing materials like foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper, and towels.
Place your items on 2’x4’ boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
Caution! Do not store anything combustible, like paint or paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, etc.
When possible, use uniform-sized boxes for easy stacking.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
List contents of boxes on all four sides and number the boxes. This will help you make an inventory of your items, which you can keep in a safe place away from the unit.
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “fragile,” and stacked on end.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, and other small items. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
Larger appliances makes excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Table that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to be bent out of shape and become lumpy.
Wipe any items made of metal (bikes, metal tables, tools, etc.) with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Looking for more resources? Head to our frequently asked questions to learn more about the storage process and the features our facility provides. You’re also welcome to reach out to our team with your questions. We’re happy to assist you!