Moving Storage

Safely Moving and Storing a Glass Table

Glass tables are a beautiful addition to any home. They add a touch of sophistication and modernity to your living space.

However moving and storing a glass table can be a challenging task.

The heavy weight and fragile nature of glass makes it more susceptible to damage during transport.

Today we’ll cover some expert tips on how to safely move and store your glass table.


A friend of mine had a glass table that we moved from his house to a new apartment.

It was a large glass table that he had used as a dining table. It was so heavy and awkward to move.

He had heard horror stories of broken glass tables during transport, and he didn’t want that to happen to him.

So he got advice from a professional mover who gave him tips on how to safely move the table.

He used a heavy-duty box with double-wall protection to hold the glass tabletop. He added double blankets to the bottom and wrapped the glass table like candy. Afterward, he used another blanket to wrap the glass table and repeated the candy wrap process.

He also added more padding to the sides of the box to prevent the glass table from moving and rattling during transport.

When it was time to load the glass table onto the truck, he remembered to place it on its side and never on top or at the front.

He also strapped the boxes tightly together to prevent them from moving during transport.

By the time we got to apartment, we unpacked the glass table and it was in perfect condition.

That we a very successful move. I have elaborated those steps further in the information that follows.

Step 1: Padding and Wrapping

The first step to safely move and store your glass table is to pad and wrap it. This will provide an extra layer of protection over the glass.

To begin, use a heavy-duty box with double-wall protection to hold the glass tabletop. It is essential to ensure that the box is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the glass.

I’ve been lucky enough to find adequate boxes at the UHaul office. They have a wide range of unusual sizes for televisions, paintings and other specialty items.

Start by placing the box on the floor, add double blankets to the bottom (if there’s enough room). Then, place the glass on top and wrap it like candy with tape on top.

Afterward, use another blanket to wrap the glass table and repeat the candy wrap process.

This will create a “pillow” effect and ensure that the glass table is protected during transport.

Additionally, add more padding to the sides of the box, leaving no empty spaces. This will prevent the glass table from moving and rattling during transport.

Step 2: Stacking and Strapping

Once the glass tabletop is safely wrapped and padded, it’s time to load it onto the truck.

When loading, always remember to put the glass tabletop on its side, never on top or at the front.

This will prevent the glass from falling during transport — or from having something drop on to it or being stepped on.

Ensure that you place small straps on the side of the boxes and strap them together. This way, the boxes will not move and bump into each other while in transit.

It is crucial to take note of how to stock the glass table in the truck or trailer. Always place the glass table on its side and never on top or at the front.

When driving, apply the brake gently, especially when going downhill, to avoid creating too much pressure that can cause the glass to break.

Additionally, strap the glass table tightly to prevent it from sliding and bumping into other items.

Step 3: Unpacking

Unpacking a glass table after moving it in a moving truck requires some care and attention to ensure that it is not damaged.

Here are some steps to follow:

Before opening the box, inspect it for any signs of damage or mishandling during the move. If the box looks damaged, open it carefully and check the contents for damage.

Look for a clean and level surface where you can safely unpack the glass table. A carpeted or padded surface is ideal to prevent scratches or cracks.

Open the box carefully and remove the packing materials, such as bubble wrap or moving blankets.

If you disassembled the table before moving, reassemble it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you did not disassemble the table, carefully lift it out of the box.

Use a microfiber cloth and a glass cleaner to clean the glass thoroughly before setting it up. This will ensure that there is no dirt or dust on the glass that can scratch or damage it.

Once you have cleaned the glass, carefully place the table in its designated location. Make sure the surface is level and stable to prevent the table from tipping over.

By following these steps, you can safely unpack your glass table after moving it in a moving truck and protect it from damage.

Storing a Glass Table

When it comes to storing a glass table, there are a few important things to keep in mind to ensure it doesn’t break.

Here are some tips to help you keep your glass table safe and sound:

First, give the glass a good cleaning before storing it. Use a microfiber cloth and a specialized glass cleaner to remove any dirt or dust from the glass top and sides. This will prevent any scratches or damage from occurring during storage.

If possible, try to disassemble the table before storing it. This will make it easier to pack and protect each individual piece.

And when wrapping the glass, use bubble wrap or moving blankets to cushion and protect the table top and any other glass components. Be sure to wrap each piece separately to avoid them rubbing against each other and causing damage.

Consider using a double-wall box for added protection. These boxes are stronger than regular boxes and provide an extra layer of security for your glass table.

Once you’ve packed the box, be sure to label it as “fragile” and “glass” to indicate that it needs to be handled with care.

When storing the box, keep it upright rather than laying it flat. This will prevent any pressure from being applied to the glass, which could cause it to break.

And if you’re storing your glass table for an extended period, choose a climate-controlled storage unit. This will help to prevent any damage to the glass by controlling the temperature and humidity levels.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your glass table remains safe and sound during transport and storage. So go ahead and pack it up with confidence, knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your precious piece of furniture.

Moving Storage

Safely Moving and Storing Your Refrigerator

Moving can be stressful and exciting at the same time. In my last move, one of the more stressful things was moving the large appliances — especially the refrigerator.

Whether you’re moving to a new home or putting your refrigerator in storage, it’s important to know how to do the process safely and properly.

Here’s your step-by-step guide to help you safely move and store your refrigerator, without causing any damage or worse, injury.

Let’s get started with a story…

My refrigerator story

My Story about Moving Our Refrigerator

For me, moving is a stressful time. Moving a refrigerator is no exception.

I learned this lesson the hard way a few years ago when I decided to move my fridge from my old house to a new one.

I thought it would be a simple thing of just unplugging the fridge, wheeling it out to the moving truck and then wheeling it into the new home.

But as soon as I tried to move it, I realized it really is heavy, even with friends helping.

By the time we got the refrigerator outside the old house, I was already exhausted.  I started to wonder if we could even get it onto the truck.

After catching a breath, we persevered. I strapped the fridge onto the dolly and clamped it down. Then slowly made our way to the moving truck.

Once we got it onto the truck, and were moving on the road — I breathed a sigh of relief. I really thought the hard part was over.

But as we drove to the new house, I couldn’t help worry about the fridge falling or getting damaged during the journey. At this point I noticed every pothole and bump in the road — I did not remember those being there before.

Fortunately, we made it to the new house without incident. It was a challenge trying to slowly go down the ramp with the refrigerator but with a little back and forth, we slowly eased it down the ramp and got it set in the new place.

Looking back… I wish I had known then what I now know about safely moving a refrigerator.

When I saw what my piano mover was able to do, I then realized that with the right tools and techniques, it’s possible to move even the heaviest of objects and appliances without too much stress and worry.

Hopefully my information below from the experience I gleaned can be of benefit to you in your move.

Preparing Your Refrigerator for Moving

The first step in safely moving and storing a refrigerator is to prepare it for the move.

Here’s what you need to do to make it a less stressful move:

Fridge Prep Work

The first thing you need to do is remove all the food, drinks and ice from your fridge.

Pack food items into boxes — or donate to charity.

Once all the food is removed, clean all the surfaces and start defrosting the fridge. It’s important to defrost because any humidity in the fridge might cause mildew, which could damage to your refrigerator while moving.

The humidity can also cause dust to collect, which can later cause your refrigerator to not cool well.

Cleaning the refrigerator
Cleaning the refrigerator.

Cleaning the Refrigerator

Once your refrigerator is empty, clean the inside and outside of the fridge. Take out all of your drawers and shelves and soak them in warm soapy water.

You can also wipe down the inside of your fridge using a little bit of baking soda and water. Just don’t use anything that’s too abrasive, like ammonia or chlorine bleach.

Wipe down the outside of your fridge as well.

Clean off the refrigerator coils.
Clean off the refrigerator coils.

Clean Off the Coils

Dust off the coils on the back of the fridge with a vacuum cleaner or a dry cloth. What I do is dust off the back and then take the host from the shop vac and pull out any dust. Be sure the refrigerator is unplugged before touching the back with a cloth or vacuum hose.

The hardware store sells long pointy bristle brushes that are very effective to remove dust behind the refrigerator and underneath. This will help your fridge run efficiently.

Disconnect the Drainage Line

If your fridge is connected to a drainage line, disconnect it before you move your fridge. Also watch out for any inline filters or filters inside your refrigerator — each should be removed. Check to make sure the ice tray is empty.

Defrost Your Fridge

To start the defrosting process, go ahead and unplug your refrigerator. Make sure you put some towels down on the ground around the fridge to catch any water that might drip.

You want to do this about a week before you actually put your fridge in storage, because you want to make sure that it’s completely dry.

If you don’t, and your fridge still has some moisture inside, you create an environment where mold might grow excessively.

Moving Your Refrigerator to a Storage Unit

Once you’ve prepared your refrigerator for storage, it’s time to move it. Remember that it’s best to keep the refrigerator as upright as possible to maintain the integrity of the inner workings.

You’re not supposed to lay a refrigerator down. But if it happens, try to get it back upright as quick as possible.

Here’s the moving process:

Having Correct Equipment

To move your refrigerator, you’ll need furniture sliders or plywood panels, an appliance dolly with straps, furniture blankets, rope, packing tape, measuring tape, work gloves and at least two or three strong reliable people to help you out.

Planning Your Escape Route

Measure the width and height of your refrigerator and compare it with all the openings and pathways on the way out.

Make sure to clear all the doors so moving it will be as non-problematic as it can possibly be. You might have to take a door off the hinges if you need the extra clearance.

Protecting Your Floors

You’ll want to protect your floors when moving a refrigerator. This would be for the place that the refrigerator is leaving and for the place where it will be newly relocated.

Sometimes renting or buying plywood panels or specific covers for floors is very essential. You can rent or buy those at any close Home Depot store.

We also found that Ross and TJ Maxx have those moving dots that you can slip under furniture and appliances to keep the feet from scuffing floors. Those are a great help and very affordable.

Moving the Refrigerator

Close down the refrigerator door and put rubber tapes on all parts of the power cord that might be sticking out or that could get damaged during the move.

Then, put a dolly underneath it. Make sure that you tilt it back very slowly and very carefully, and you will be able to take it out of your house by pushing it and getting it down the stairs or wherever you want it to be.

Make sure that you never tilt the refrigerator more than 45 degrees up or down, or you risk losing your balance.

Also, keep in mind that by the Department of Transportation regulations, you never can put the refrigerator on its side. It is dangerous and unlawful.

Moving truck with ramp.
Moving truck with ramp.

Safely Loading a Refrigerator onto a Moving Truck

Now that the refrigerator is out of its old location — if you are not using professional movers — you’ll need to load it up onto the truck.

Here are some tips on how to safely load and unload the refrigerator onto the truck.

Prepare the refrigerator for loading

Doublecheck and make sure all the drawers and shelves are secured safely with tape to prevent them from falling during transportation.

You should also tape the refrigerator doors shut to prevent them from opening during transportation.

Use good condition equipment

When it comes to moving a refrigerator, it’s crucial to have the right equipment.

Make sure to rent or buy an appliance dolly with straps to safely move the refrigerator without damaging it or hurting yourself.

Furniture blankets (or padding) can be used to protect the refrigerator and the moving truck from damage and scratches during the move.

Loading the refrigerator onto the truck

As you may have guessed, make sure you have a clear path from the front door to the truck.

You should have already had someone else help you load the refrigerator onto the dolly. Once you have the secured refrigerator on the dolly, tilt it slightly backward and push towards the truck.

We encourage you to use a moving truck with a ramp for this. We encourage you to always have help in this process.

Here’s a video showing what to do:

Unload the refrigerator from the moving truck

Unloading the refrigerator from the moving truck requires the same level of care as it did while loading it.

Make sure you have a clear path from the truck to the new location of the refrigerator.

Use the dolly to move the refrigerator, keeping it level to prevent damage.

Here’s a video to demonstrate:

We encourage you to always have help in this process.

Be careful when navigating through tight corners, and make sure that the refrigerator does not touch any walls or doorframes.

Once you have reached the final destination, carefully remove the straps and the blankets, and then proceed to untape the doors.

Correctly storing the refrigerator.
Correctly storing the refrigerator.

Correctly Storing the Refrigerator in Self Storage

Once you’ve safely transported your refrigerator to your storage location, it’s important to store it properly to avoid damage and ensure that it remains in good working condition.

Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Keep it upright

Just like during transport, it’s important to keep your refrigerator upright while in storage. This will prevent any damage to the condenser or compressor, which can happen if the fridge is tilted at an angle.

Leave the door open

To prevent any musty smells or mold growth, it’s a good idea to leave the doors of the refrigerator slightly open while in storage.

This will allow it to breathe for proper air circulation and ventilation. This step is also handy for washing machines – to leave them open to ventilate.

You can use a piece of cardboard tube or a coat hanger to help keep the door propped open.

Use protective covering

You can use blankets, towels or specialized refrigerator covers to protect your fridge from scratches, dents and other damage while it’s in storage.

Avoid temperature extremes

While it’s not strictly necessary to have climate control for your storage unit, you should avoid exposing your fridge to extreme temperatures. This means avoiding areas that are subject to direct sunlight or freezing temperatures.

Check periodically

Even if you don’t need to use your refrigerator for a while, it’s important to check on it periodically to make sure everything is okay.

This can be as simple as making sure the doors are still slightly open, and that there are no signs of damage or wear.

So my advice:

Try not to stress out about moving the refrigerator.

Take your time and plan it out.

Make it a moving party with some food for your friends and do the move in staggered moments — so you can catch your breath.

Focus on safety.

Remember to clean, defrost, and dust off your fridge before moving it, and do your absolute best to keep it upright during transportation and storage.

Having a good strong dolly with a strap and handle that then clamps to your appliances is a huge help. Now I know to get a dolly with those larger pneumatic tires — those bigger tires really give you added leverage and makes the job so much easier and comforting.

By following these tips, you can successfully move your refrigerator and keep it in top condition for years to come.


Storage for Seniors: Tips and Advice for Downsizing and Organizing Possessions

As we age, the need to downsize and organize our possessions often arises, whether due to moving to a smaller living space, simplifying our lives, or addressing safety concerns.

Self-storage can be an excellent solution to help seniors manage their belongings during this transition.

In this article, we’ll provide helpful senior downsizing tips and advice for those looking to make the most of their storage options.

1. Assessing Your Storage Needs

Before beginning the downsizing process, it’s important to assess your storage needs. Take inventory of your belongings and identify items you want to keep, donate, or sell.

This will help you determine the appropriate size of storage unit and streamline the organization process.

2. Enlisting Help from Family and Friends

Downsizing can be a daunting task, so don’t hesitate to enlist the help of family and friends.

Their assistance and support can make the process more manageable and enjoyable, providing valuable insights and extra hands for sorting and packing.

3. Prioritizing Accessibility

When selecting a storage unit, consider accessibility features such as ground-level access, wide aisles, and well-lit facilities.

These elements can make it easier for seniors to navigate the storage space and access their belongings as needed.

4. Sorting and Labeling Belongings

Properly sorting and labeling your possessions can make organizing your storage unit a breeze. Use clear, easy-to-read labels and create an inventory list to track the contents of each box or container, making it simple to locate items when needed.

5. Choosing the Right Storage Unit Size

Selecting the right storage unit size is crucial for maximizing space and minimizing costs.

Consult with storage facility staff to determine the best size for your needs and consider using shelves or other organizational tools to optimize the available space.

6. Climate-Controlled Storage for Sensitive Items

If you plan to store items sensitive to temperature or humidity, such as antiques, artwork, or electronics, a climate-controlled storage unit is essential.

This feature helps maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, protecting your belongings from damage.

7. Implementing a Functional Organization System

A well-organized storage unit can save time and reduce stress when accessing your items.

Develop a functional organization system by grouping similar items together, placing frequently used items near the front, and utilizing shelves or storage containers to keep things neat and tidy.

8. Maintaining Security and Safety

Choose a storage facility with robust security features, such as surveillance cameras, gated access, and individual unit locks. This will provide peace of mind knowing that your possessions are safe and secure.

Additionally, prioritize safety by avoiding overloading shelves or stacking items too high, which can create hazards within the unit.

9. Regularly Revisiting and Reevaluating Your Storage Unit

Periodically revisiting your storage unit allows you to reevaluate your storage needs, reorganize items, and ensure that your belongings are in good condition.

By regularly assessing your storage situation, you can make adjustments as needed and maintain an efficient storage system.

10. Embracing the Benefits of Downsizing

Downsizing and organizing your possessions can provide numerous benefits, such as reduced stress, increased safety, and more manageable living spaces.

Embrace the positive aspects of this transition and remember that simplifying your life can lead to greater peace of mind and overall well-being.

11. Considering Mobility and Ease of Use

When storing and organizing your belongings, consider mobility and ease of use. Opt for storage containers with wheels or handles, making it simpler for seniors to move items around as needed.

This can also minimize strain and reduce the risk of injury.

12. Planning for Long-Term Storage

If you anticipate needing long-term storage, take steps to protect your items from damage over time. Store belongings in sturdy, weather-resistant containers, and use protective coverings for furniture and mattresses.

Additionally, avoid storing perishable items or those that may attract pests.

13. Utilizing Vertical Space

Maximize your storage unit’s capacity by utilizing vertical space. Install sturdy shelves, use stackable containers, and consider hanging items from hooks or pegs.

This can help create more room and make it easier to access your belongings.

14. Seeking Professional Advice and Assistance

Don’t hesitate to seek professional advice or assistance when downsizing and organizing your possessions. Consult with storage facility staff, professional organizers, or moving companies for guidance and support tailored to your specific needs.

15. Most Important Senior Downsizing Tip: Taking Your Time and Being Mindful

Downsizing and organizing can be an emotional process, so it’s important to take your time and be mindful of your feelings throughout the journey. Give yourself the space to process your emotions and make decisions that best serve your needs and well-being.

In conclusion, downsizing and organizing possessions for seniors can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. By following the tips and advice outlined in this article, you can create a safe, efficient, and accessible storage environment that meets your needs and simplifies your life.


Self-Storage Solutions for Military Personnel and Families

For military personnel and their families, frequent relocations and deployments can create unique challenges when it comes to storing personal belongings.

Self-storage facilities offer a range of solutions to help ease the transition and provide a safe space for treasured items.

In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of self-storage for military families and discuss essential tips for choosing the right facility and unit to suit your needs.

1. Why Self-Storage is Beneficial for Military Families

Military life often involves moving to new locations or being deployed overseas. Self-storage provides a flexible, convenient solution for storing belongings during these transitions.

Discover the key benefits of using self-storage as a military family.

2. Choosing a Facility Near Your Base

Proximity to your base is an essential factor when selecting a storage facility. Learn how to find a storage facility close to your base and the advantages of choosing a nearby location.

3. Security Features to Look For

Ensuring the safety of your possessions is crucial. Explore the security features you should prioritize when choosing a storage facility, from surveillance cameras to gated access and on-site management.

4. Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Climate-controlled storage units offer added protection for your belongings.

Discover why these units are beneficial for military families and the types of items that require climate-controlled storage.

5. Long-Term vs. Short-Term Storage

Depending on the duration of your deployment or relocation, you may need short-term or long-term storage.

Learn the differences between these options and how to determine the best choice for your situation.

6. Storage Unit Size and Pricing

Storage units come in various sizes and prices. Discover how to determine the right size and budget for your storage needs, and learn about potential discounts for military personnel.

7. Packing Tips for Military Families

Packing your belongings efficiently and safely is essential. Explore helpful packing tips specifically tailored for military families, including how to pack uniforms, important documents, and other essential items.

8. Access Hours and Facility Amenities

Consider the access hours and amenities offered by storage facilities to ensure they align with your needs.

Discover the importance of flexible access and additional features, such as moving supplies and truck rentals.

9. Insurance Options and Coverage

Protecting your stored belongings with insurance is a crucial consideration. Learn about insurance options for military families using self-storage and the types of coverage available.

10. Preparing for Deployment: Storage Tips

Preparing for deployment can be a stressful time. Find out how to effectively use self-storage to streamline the process and alleviate some of the stress associated with leaving your belongings behind.

11. Storing Vehicles: Cars, Motorcycles, and Boats

Many military families need to store vehicles during deployment or relocation. Explore the storage options available for cars, motorcycles, and boats, and learn how to prepare your vehicle for storage.

12. Renting a Storage Unit Remotely

If you’re unable to visit a storage facility in person, remote rental options are available. Discover the process of renting a storage unit remotely and the factors to consider when doing so.

13. Utilizing Military Installation Storage

Some military installations offer on-base storage options for service members and their families. Learn about the advantages and limitations of utilizing on-base storage and how to determine if it’s the right choice for your needs.

14. Sharing Storage Units with Fellow Service Members

Sharing a storage unit with fellow service members can be a cost-effective solution for storing your belongings.

Explore the benefits, potential challenges, and best practices for sharing a storage unit during deployments or relocations.

15. Communicating with Your Storage Facility

Maintaining open communication with your storage facility is essential, especially when you’re away on deployment.

Discover the importance of keeping your facility informed of any changes to your contact information or storage needs, as well as tips for staying connected from afar.

Self-storage can be a valuable resource for military personnel and their families, offering a secure and flexible solution for storing belongings during deployments, relocations, or extended periods away from home.

By considering the factors discussed in this article and selecting a facility that meets your specific needs, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your possessions are safe and protected while you focus on your military duties.


Proper Techniques for Packing Fragile Items in Storage

Moving and storing fragile items can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to ensuring their safety during transit and storage.

Follow these proper techniques for packing fragile items in storage to minimize the risk of damage and keep your prized possessions safe and sound.

Gather the Right Packing Materials

The first step in packing fragile items is to gather the necessary packing materials. High-quality materials can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your valuables.

Here are some essential packing supplies to have on hand:

  • Boxes: Choose sturdy, high-quality cardboard boxes that are the appropriate size for your fragile items. Avoid using damaged or weak boxes that may collapse or fail to protect your belongings.
  • Bubble Wrap: Use bubble wrap to cushion fragile items and protect them from impacts and vibrations.
  • Packing Paper: Packing paper is a versatile and affordable material that can be used to wrap delicate items or fill empty spaces within boxes.
  • Packing Tape: High-quality packing tape is essential for sealing boxes and securing your items during transport and storage.
  • Labels and Markers: Clearly label your boxes with their contents and indicate if they contain fragile items. This will help you stay organized and handle your belongings with care.

Wrap Fragile Items Individually

When packing fragile items, it’s important to wrap each piece individually with packing materials to provide ample cushioning and protection.

Follow these steps to properly wrap your fragile items:

  1. Begin by laying out a sheet of packing paper or bubble wrap on a flat surface.
  2. Place the fragile item in the center of the packing material.
  3. Fold the packing material around the item, ensuring all sides are covered and protected.
  4. Secure the packing material with packing tape to prevent it from coming loose during transport and storage.


Choose the Right Box for Your Fragile Items

Selecting the appropriate box for your fragile items is crucial to their protection. Consider these factors when choosing a box:

  • Size: Choose a box that is large enough to accommodate your wrapped fragile items without overcrowding them. This will allow for adequate cushioning and minimize the risk of damage.
  • Strength: Opt for strong, durable boxes that can withstand the weight of your items and provide adequate support during transport and storage.
  • Dividers: For items like glassware and dishware, consider using boxes with built-in dividers to keep individual pieces separate and secure.

Packing Fragile Items Carefully

Properly packing your fragile items within boxes is essential to their protection.

Follow these steps to ensure your items are secure and well-cushioned:

  1. Line the bottom of the box with a layer of bubble wrap or crumpled packing paper for added cushioning and support.
  2. Place the heaviest and sturdiest items on the bottom of the box, with lighter and more delicate items towards the top.
  3. Fill any empty spaces within the box with additional packing materials, such as crumpled packing paper or bubble wrap, to prevent items from shifting during transit and storage.
  4. Seal the box securely with packing tape to keep it closed and maintain the integrity of the box structure.

Label Your Boxes Clearly

Properly labeling your boxes is crucial for staying organized and ensuring that your fragile items are handled with care.

Here are some tips for labeling your boxes:

  • Use a permanent marker to clearly indicate the contents of each box.
  • Write “Fragile” or “Handle with Care” on all sides of the box to alert anyone handling the box to take extra caution.
  • If applicable, mark the top of the box with an arrow to indicate which side should be facing up.

Store Fragile Items Strategically

Once your fragile items are packed, it’s important to store them strategically to minimize the risk of damage.

Follow these guidelines for safe storage:

  • Place heavy boxes on the bottom of your storage unit, with lighter boxes containing fragile items stacked on top.
  • Keep boxes with fragile items away from high-traffic areas within the storage unit to minimize the risk of accidental impacts.
  • Avoid stacking boxes too high, as this can lead to instability and increase the risk of damage.
  • Consider using shelving to keep fragile items elevated and safe from potential hazards on the ground.

Monitor and Maintain Your Storage Unit

Regularly checking on your storage unit and maintaining it can help prevent damage to your fragile items.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Inspect your storage unit for signs of moisture, pests, or other potential hazards that could harm your fragile items.
  • Ensure that your boxes and packing materials remain in good condition, replacing them if necessary.
  • Keep an up-to-date inventory of your stored items to make it easier to locate specific items and check on their condition.

By following these proper techniques for packing fragile items in storage, you can protect your valuable belongings and ensure they remain in great condition.

Invest in high-quality packing materials, wrap each item individually, and store your items strategically to minimize the risk of damage during transit and storage.



Storing Furniture in Self-Storage

Are you looking to free up space in your home — or have you recently relocated and need to store items until you’re ready for them?

When you store items in a self-storage unit, it’s important to know the best furniture storage tips to get the most of the space available.

Otherwise you could end up paying to store items that you have no immediate need for — and might even pay for additional space when you move in to your new place to accommodate those items.

If you’re plan is storing furniture in self-storage for a short term, the following tips for storing furniture can help you to make the most of your storage space — and keep things from becoming a pricey nuisance.

Disassemble your larger furniture to make it easier to transport and easier to store.
Disassemble your larger furniture to make it easier to transport and easier to store.

Disassemble Your Bigger Furniture

The first tip is to try to make big things smaller to make it easier to store.

Some pieces of furniture are just too big and heavy to carry to a self-storage unit in one piece. And the longer you leave them fully assembled — the more likely it is they’ll become damaged in a move.

To save yourself the hassle and money of replacing those items later on, disassemble any furniture you need to store (before you bring it in for storage).

Then you can store it in smaller pieces. This gives you more storage space inside your unit — and makes it easier to move from place to place when the time comes to unpack and move it into your new place.


Ask Yourself: Is this item Worth It?

When storing furniture in self-storage, be sure to ask yourself if it’s really worth the effort to store this item. For example, what if you only need a few items to pack with you? Or what if you don’t have room inside your home for all of your belongings, and you’ll only use
a portion of your items in your new home? These are some of the questions you’ll want to ask yourself as you start storing furniture in self-storage — so that you can make sure you’re only packing things that are actually worth having.

Storing larger items in the back and going vertical with the chairs.
Storing larger items in the back and going vertical with the chairs.

Furniture Storage Units: Large Items Toward the Back

While most furniture can be stacked on end inside a self-storage unit, there are some items that simply can’t be stored that way.

These include large, heavy items like sofas and wardrobes that cannot be stacked or placed upright — as these are at risk of breaking if an attempt is made to store them upright.

To help prevent these problems from occurring, place these items toward the back of your storage unit — and keep them as upright as possible.

This will prevent them from toppling over and damaging other items in your furniture storage units — and will ensure they remain in good condition until you’re ready to use them again .

Go Vertical

Furniture takes up a lot of horizontal space inside a storage unit — leaving little room for other belongings you may need in the future.

To keep your items from taking up too much room, consider going vertically up instead.

This simply means storing items on top of others that are the same size — which will free up floor space in the rest of your storage unit for other items you may need in the future.

Sort Furniture by Room

If you’re planning on storing items inside multiple rooms in your new place, think about how this will affect how you organize the items in your storage unit.

If you’re storing items in the living room, kitchen and other common areas all at the same time, simply arrange them in the order in which you’ll need them most in your new home. Then follow the same strategy for any other rooms you plan to use for storage.

This will help keep everything from getting mixed up — and make it easier to sort through everything when it comes time to unpack and move everything in to your new home.

Frequently Asked Questions and Tips for Storing Furniture

How to store furniture in a storage unit

Want to ensure your furniture stays in mint condition while tucked away in a storage unit? Just follow these clever guidelines.

Start by thoroughly cleaning each item and allowing them to air-dry completely. Then, disassemble the larger pieces, and stash any hardware in well-marked bags.

Be sure to envelop your furniture with protective gear like pads, blankets, or bubble wrap, and use stretch wrap to secure drawers and doors tightly.

Next up, select the ideal storage unit size, and don’t forget to choose climate control for your more delicate treasures. To shield your items from potential harm, raise them on wooden pallets or plastic sheets, which also aids in airflow.

When organizing your unit, place the heaviest items towards the back and gently stack lighter ones on top. Craft a pathway for stress-free access, and keep frequently-needed belongings close to the entrance.

Finally, keep a meticulous inventory of your stored furniture, making it a breeze to keep an eye on your possessions. Follow this blueprint, and you’ll discover your self storage furniture in immaculate condition when it’s time to retrieve it.

How long can you keep furniture in storage?

When it comes to stashing your furniture in a storage unit, there’s no set time limit—keep it there for weeks, months, or even years if needed.

The real key is to meticulously prep, safeguard, and care for your items to guarantee they stay in mint condition. Make a point to periodically inspect your stored belongings and tackle any problems you spot.

Remember, storage units for furniture typically operate on a month-to-month basis, but you can always strike a deal for a longer stay with the facility if necessary.


6 Important Questions for the First Time Storage Renter (2023)

The top 6 questions that first-time self-storage renters have are:

  1. What size unit do I need?
  2. How much does it cost?
  3. What security measures are in place?
  4. Is climate control available?
  5. What is the rental process and payment options?
  6. Are there any restrictions on what can be stored?

These are the common questions people have when looking at the first time using self storage.

By having the answers to these questions, the first time storage renter can make better decisions and find the right storage solution as their first choice.

What size do I need?

Determining the size of the unit you need is the most important consideration. A unit that is too small may result in cramped and disorganized storage — while a unit that is too large may result in wasted space and unnecessary expense.

A good way to determine the size of the unit you need is to make a list of the items you plan to store and their approximate dimensions. Then try out our storage calculator and enter the items you have on your list.

This will help you estimate the amount of space you need and help to select the right size.

What is the cost?

The cost of self-storage varies depending on several factors, including the size, city and additional options like climate control.

Some storage facilities offer a discount for longer term rentals or when reserving a unit in advance or if you’re a veteran.

To get an accurate estimate, it’s recommended to call our storage experts  at 877-908-1466  and compare prices.

What security measures will protect my items?

Security is a key concern for self-storage and it’s what defines storage in the first place.

Look for storage facilities that have considerable security measures in place: gated access, 24 hour surveillance and is well lit.

Some storage facilities also have individually alarmed units, keypad access and/or on site security personnel.

Be sure to ask about the security measures in place — and what steps are being taken to prevent theft and damage to stored belongings.

Is climate control an option?

Climate control is important for items that are sensitive to temperature and humidity changes; such as electronics, wood furniture and musical instruments.

If climate control is not an available option, be sure to store your items in a way that protects them from extreme temperature changes and from moisture.

What is the rental process — and payment options?

The process for self-storage typically involves reserving a unit, completing an agreement, and then paying a deposit.

Some storage facilities offer online rental options (such as with a cell phone app), while others may require in-person filling out of the rental agreement.

Payment options typically include automatic debit, online payment, or in-person payment.

It’s important to make sure you know the rental process and payment options before choosing a facility.

Are there any restrictions on what can be stored?

Most self-storage facilities have restrictions on what can be stored in the unit, such as hazardous materials, live animals, and illegal items.

For an extensive list of what not to store, click here.

Be sure to ask about any restrictions before renting a unit to ensure that your items are in compliance.

Some storage centers may have size restrictions on items like appliances or furniture — so it’s important to consider your items if they will be suitable before renting.

Understanding the Self-Storage Rental Agreement

Before signing any rental agreement, it’s important to understand the terms and conditions of the contract.

Some of the key points to watch for in a rental agreement include: the rental period, late payment fees, access hours and restrictions on use. Make sure to read the rental agreement carefully and ask any questions you may have before signing.

Preparing Your Items for Storage

Proper preparation is key to ensuring that your items are safe and protected in storage. Take steps to properly pack and protect your items, such as disassembling furniture, wrapping delicate items in moving blankets, and using sturdy boxes.

Label boxes clearly, create an inventory of the items, and make a map of the items stored so that they are easier to find later.

Storing Sensitive Items

Some items require special care when storing, such as delicate antiques, valuable artwork, and sensitive electronics. Consider using specialized storage containers, such as climate-controlled units or special storage containers for delicate items, to ensure their protection.

Additionally, consider purchasing insurance for valuable items to protect against theft, damage, or loss.

Self-storage can be a convenient and cost-effective solution for storing items, but it’s important to choose a storage facility that meets your needs and budget.

Frequently Asked Self Storage Questions

What do I need for the first time using self storage?

Embarking on your maiden self-storage voyage?

Start by pinpointing the ideal unit size and selecting a top-notch facility equipped with robust security and, if required, climate control.

Assemble a range of packing supplies and sift through your stuff, tidying up and packing everything like a pro. Break down bulky furniture and whip up an inventory list for hassle-free tracking.

Wrap things up by organizing transport to the facility, familiarizing yourself with the rental terms, and snagging a sturdy lock to secure your unit.

Stick to these steps, and you’ll sail through your self-storage journey with your treasures safely stowed and at the ready when needed.

Do I need storage renters insurance?

This is one of the top self storage questions we get. Though it’s not a legal necessity, securing storage renters insurance is a wise move especially for the first time storage renter.

Some storage facilities might request evidence of insurance as you sign the rental agreement. Storage renters insurance safeguards your stowed-away treasures from incidents like burglary, fires, and natural calamities.

If you’re already covered by homeowners or renters insurance, touch base with your provider to confirm whether your policy covers the first time using self storage.

Otherwise, consider buying a standalone storage renters insurance plan. After all, safeguarding your possessions and enjoying peace of mind during your self-storage experience is essential.


Why Self-Storage Security is Important (2023)

When it comes to storing your personal belongings, it’s important to consider security measures.

Self-storage facilities offer a convenient option for those who need extra space and you’ll want to make sure that your items are secure while in storage.

Keep reading as you’ll find out the various measures that self-storage facilities use to protect your belongings — and how you can ensure that your belongings are safe.

Security Measures for Customer Access

Customer access is one of the challenges for security, and this is an important aspect when it comes to self-storage facilities.

Imagine your self-storage facility as being a castle, and the units inside are rooms of the castle. If someone enters the castle without permission — they can then enter any room they want. That’s why self storage security systems for access control is needed.

This includes locked gates, coded entry systems and security personnel on site. Each measure ensures that only authorized people have access to the storage units — and the facility as a whole.

It’s important to note that access control is not only about keeping bad people out, but also about identifying who is authorized to enter. It’s kind of like a bouncer at a club — they’re not only checking to keep uninvited guests out, but to also make sure that guests are indeed the right people.

By having a system in place that ensures the right people are authorized to enter, the storage center is reducing the risk of theft.

Many self storage security systems now offer individual unit alarms (the same goes for mini storage alarm systems), which provide an added layer of security by sounding an audible alarm when someone unauthorized enters a unit.

Continuing with the castle analogy, this is like having a guard stationed outside every room of the castle. It’s an extra level of protection that can make a difference in keeping your belongings safe.

Individual unit alarms are an excellent example of redundancy in security. If someone manages to bypass the main security measures — such as the locked gates and coded entry system — the alarm will still sound and alert security personnel.

It’s like having a backup plan, and is a way of increasing the chances of detecting and preventing a security breach.

The principle is sound — the more layers of security you have, the more difficult it becomes for someone to breach the security.

Surveillance Cameras and Alarm Systems

Just like an individual’s personal security is enhanced by the ability to be aware of their surroundings, the security of a self-storage facility is enhanced by surveillance and alarm systems.

CCTV cameras (closed circuit television cameras) that monitor the facility, as well as alarm systems that are triggered by motion or other sensors, will provide an additional level of protection and help deter potential thieves.

These systems act as a deterrent, much like a sign that says “Beware of Dog” or “Protected by CCTV” on the front of a house.

It’s a signal to potential criminals that their actions will be monitored and recorded — and that they will be held accountable for any illegal activity.

Self-storage surveillance security and alarm systems aren’t just about deterring crime, they also serve an important role in identifying and responding to security breaches.

Self storage security systems CCTV cameras provide a visual record of any criminal activity, which can be used as video evidence in court.

Alarm systems, on the other hand, alert security personnel to any unauthorized activity, allowing them to respond quickly and effectively to reduce self-storage crime.

Many facilities now offer remote monitoring, which allows you to access live footage of your unit and the surrounding area through a mobile app or web portal. It’s kind of like a nanny cam.

You get your own guardian angel watching over your belongings. There’s a sense of peace of mind knowing you can check your items at any time — and if something does happen — you’ll be able to see it quickly and respond accordingly.

Remote monitoring is also beneficial for those who live far away from the storage facility. You can check on your belongings without having to travel to the facility.

This feature can be especially useful for people who store seasonal items and only need to access them occasionally.

Security Measures Unique to Outdoor Storage

When it comes to storing items in an outdoor unit, security is of the utmost importance.

Outdoor storage units, like garages and sheds, are more susceptible to theft and damage from the elements.

One of the most basic measures for outdoor storage security is chain-link fencing. A fence acts as a barrier, it keeps unwanted visitors out, and it signals to potential criminals that the area is protected.

It’s like a moat around a castle by providing an obstacle to make it more difficult for someone to enter the property.

Locked gates are another important measure for outdoor storage. A locked gate prevents unauthorized access, much like a drawbridge which can only be lowered by authorized individuals.

Surveillance cameras are also a vital measure for outdoor storage security. They provide a visual record of any criminal activity and they act as a deterrent to reduce self-storage crime.

Self-storage live security surveillance CCTV cameras are like the eyes of the castle, they watch over the property and report any suspicious activity to the security personnel.

Many outdoor storage facilities now offer weatherproof covers for items such as boats and RVs, which provides added protection from the elements.

Fire and Protection from Natural Disasters

When it comes to self-storage, it’s not just about keeping your belongings safe from burglars and thieves, it’s also about keeping them safe from natural disasters and other unforeseen events.

That’s why it’s essential to consider the fire and natural disaster protection measures in place.

One of the most important measures for fire protection is the use of fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers and alarms. Sprinkler systems are like a firefighting army, they are designed to detect and extinguish fires before they become large.

Alarm systems, on the other hand, are like a warning bell that alerts security personnel and the fire department of a potential fire, allowing quick response.

Another important measure for natural disaster protection is flood protection. Many self-storage facilities now have measures in place to protect your belongings from floods. This includes installing sump pumps, elevating the storage units, and installing flood barriers.

These measures act as a barrier, they keep the water out, and while protecting your belongings from damage.

Climate-controlled units are also becoming more popular in self-storage facilities. These units help to protect your items from extreme temperatures and humidity.

They are like a thermostat for your belongings, they’ll keep the temperature and humidity at a consistent level, which helps to preserve your delicate items and prevent damage.

Keeping Your Personal Belongings Secure

Even with the most robust security measures in place, it’s essential to take steps to ensure that your personal belongings are as secure as possible while in storage.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Main thing is to ensure that your unit is properly locked. A padlock is like the key to a castle, it’s the first line of defense against intruders. Use a high-quality padlock that is difficult to cut or break.

Remember, a disc lock or padlock is only as secure as the lock that holds it shut, so make sure that the lock is of good quality and that it’s used properly. Many storage centers offer locks that fit their units – we highly recommended getting your lock this way.

Another important step is to store your items in sturdy, weatherproof containers — such as plastic bins or metal lockers. These containers act as a barrier and they keep your belongings safe from the elements.

It’s also important to keep a detailed inventory of your items. And map this inventory to the places it’s located in your unit. This will help you keep track of what you’ve stored, where it’s located, and its condition.

It’s a good idea to have your items are properly insured. Self-storage insurance can protect your belongings from loss or damage caused by natural disasters, fire, theft, and other covered events. This way, in the event that something tragic happens, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to recover your loss.

Remember, safety and security are not just about the storage facility, it’s also about how you store your personal belongings. It’s important to be proactive in securing your items and keeping them organized and protected.

When choosing a self-storage facility, go online and research the reputation of the facility (read reviews from previous customers). This will give you an idea of the level of security and customer service that the facility offers.

I have found Public Storage and Extra Space Storage to be very thorough about the security of their facilities. There are several other good companies too. For example, Dollar Self Storage has treated me well and has good storage unit security systems.

It’s a good idea to visit the facility in person and to speak with the staff about their security measures and procedures. This will give you a better understanding of the level of protection that your items will receive while in storage.

Keep in mind that no self-storage facility can guarantee 100% security. However, by taking the steps above to protect your items and by choosing a facility with robust storage facility security systems, you can minimize the risk of theft and damage to your belongings.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m still not clear why security at self storage is important?

To reiterate, the importance of top-notch security at self-storage facilities can’t be overstated—it’s all about safeguarding those precious belongings from theft or damage.

When you’re stowing away items near and dear to your heart, the peace of mind offered by solid self-storage surveillance security measures is priceless.

A tight ship ensures that no unauthorized individuals can access your stuff, while also keeping fellow renters’ possessions safe.

Moreover, meeting insurance stipulations and drawing in customers who prioritize the security of their goods all contribute to a facility’s stellar reputation and growing business.

In a nutshell, the security self storage plays is a pivotal role in keeping your treasures protected, granting you peace of mind, and maintaining the facility’s good name.

What does self-storage surveillance security mean?

In the realm of self-storage, surveillance security signifies the employment of monitoring systems to safeguard and protect stored possessions.

Generally, this entails strategically positioned video cameras, capturing footage throughout the facility, monitoring activity near storage units.

The self-storage live security monitoring approach not only deters theft, vandalism, and unauthorized entry but also aids in addressing security concerns as they emerge.

By incorporating surveillance security, a self-storage facility bolsters overall safety for stored items, granting renters invaluable peace of mind. For customers and the owners, that is why security at self storage is important.

What is self-storage remote surveillance?

Self-storage remote surveillance is a slick system that lets the big bosses remotely monitor the storage units and facility with the help of high-tech cameras and gadgets.

By strategically placing these cameras, they can easily spot any unauthorized access and keep an eye on the area. These cameras are connected to a centralized monitoring system that managers and owners can access online from any location.

In addition to validating the reason why self-storage security is important, it also gives the storage center a new competitive advantage to use in their marketing efforts.

And that’s not all, some facilities even offer remote access control for tenants, which allows them to open the gate or door to their storage unit with just a tap on their smartphone.

Overall, this high tech self-storage surveillance security system provides an added layer of security and convenience for tenants, while ensuring the safety of the units and facility.


The Different Types of Storage Units

Self storage can be a surprise necessity for many individuals and businesses. It gives you a quick, secure and safe space to store possessions that are not currently being used — but still have value.

Whether you’re moving, downsizing, or just need more space — self storage can provide a feasiblee solution. With so many types of storage available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your needs.

In this article, we’ll explore the various types of self storage so you can make an informed decision that fits your need.

Indoor storage units are usually inside a building.
Indoor storage units are usually inside a building.

Traditional Indoor Self Storage

Traditional indoor self storage units are a popular option for those looking for a safe and secure space to store belongings.

The units are typically located inside a building, which provides additional protection from elements and possible theft. They’re usually accessible via a hallway or elevator, making it easy to move your items in and out.

One of the main advantages of traditional indoor self storage units is that they are easier to make as climate controlled. This means that the units are kept at a constant temperature and humidity level to protect possessions from damage.

The ideal temperature for storage is around 60-70°F with a humidity level around 50-55%. This is especially important for items that are sensitive to temperature and humidity fluctuations — such as electronics, musical instruments and artwork.

You can protect a wide range of items, such as delicate household items, furniture and clothing. They’re also great for storing items that you may not need on a regular basis — such as holiday decorations or seasonal clothing.

Traditional indoor self storage units come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the unit that best fits your need and budget.

For items that are sensitive to temperature and humidity changes, climate-controlled self storage can be a great choice.

Drive up units are located outside and accessed by a drive-up or walk-up access.
Drive up units are located outside and accessed by a drive-up or walk-up access.

Drive-Up Self Storage

Drive-up self storage units are a great option for those who need to store larger items and want the convenience of being able to access their unit by walking back and forth from their vehicle.

These units are typically located outside and are accessed via a drive-up or walk-up access. They’re perfect for storing large items such as furniture, appliances and even vehicles like cars, boats and recreational vehicles.

One main advantage of drive-up self storage is convenience. You can drive right up to your unit — which makes it easy to load and unload your items. This is especially useful for those who have a lot of heavy (or large) items to store.

Drive-up self storage units are typically less expensive than indoor units, which makes them a cost-effective option for those on a budget. It’s important to note that these units may not be climate controlled, so it’s important to consider what you’ll be storing and whether it requires protection from temperature fluctuations.

Drive-up self storage units come in a variety of sizes, and you can choose the unit that best fits your need and budget. They’re perfect for storing items that are not in use, but still hold monetary or sentimental value. This can be an ideal solution for those who are moving, downsizing or simply need more space.


Open air storage for items that do not need protection from the elements.
Open air storage for items that do not need protection from the elements.

Outdoor (Open-Air) Self Storage

Outdoor (or open-air) self storage units are a type of self-storage facility that are not enclosed, typically located on a paved or gravel lot and accessible via drive-up (or walk-up).

They’re best suited for storing items that do not need protection from the elements, such as outdoor equipment and tools, and are generally less expensive than indoor or drive-up units.

Portable storage units are delivered to your doorstep.
Portable storage units are delivered to your doorstep.

Portable Self Storage

Portable self storage units are a recent game changer in the world of self storage. The units are delivered straight to your doorstep, allowing you to fill them up with your belongings at your own convenience and your own speed.

Once you have finished loading up the unit, it’s picked up and stored in a secure facility — giving you a secure place for your possessions.

These units are especially helpful for those who are in the process of moving or undergoing a home renovation.

The flexibility and convenience that portable self storage units offer make them a fantastic option for anyone looking for a temporary storage solution.

Open air vehicle storage
Open air vehicle storage

Vehicle Storage (cars, RVs, boats)

When it comes to storing your prized possession — such as a car, RV or boat — one cannot simply settle for any ordinary storage unit.

That’s why specialized vehicle storage exists.

These units are specifically designed to accommodate larger items and are typically located outdoors. They can be either enclosed or open-air, providing a range of options to suit your specific need and budget.

In addition to providing a safe and secure space for your vehicles, some specialized vehicle storage facilities also offer additional services such as wash and detailing. This means that not only will your vehicle be protected from the elements, it will also be returned to you in tip-top shape.

If you have a true passion for your vehicle and want to ensure that it’s well protected, specialized vehicle storage is a no-brainer. It provides peace of mind, and allows you to focus on enjoying your vehicles, rather than worrying about their safety and protection.

This can also be an excellent solution if you need a place to put a vehicle for a few days — such as if you’re traveling out of town for a few days. The units are so economical, that it can still make sense for even just a few day’s use.

For businesses that need to store excess inventory, equipment or documents, commercial self storage is a great solution.
For businesses that need to store excess inventory, equipment or documents, commercial self storage is a great solution.

Business/Commercial Self Storage

When it comes to running a business, organization is key. And for those businesses that need to store excess inventory, equipment or documents, commercial self storage is a great  solution.

With the business owner in mind, these units are typically larger than traditional self storage units and are specifically designed to meet the needs of businesses.

One of the key features of commercial self storage is the additional services they offer, such as loading docks and freight elevators.

This makes it easy for businesses to move large and heavy items in and out of storage with ease. This feature is especially useful for businesses that deal in heavy machinery or large inventory.

Another great feature of commercial self storage is the flexibility that it offers. These units can be rented on a short-term or long-term basis, making it easy for businesses to scale their storage needs as their business grows.

Commercial self storage can be a cost effective and essential resource for any business that needs to store excess inventory, equipment or documents.

Storage units that are climate-controlled, can maintain the integrity of your stored belongings.
Storage units that are climate-controlled, can maintain the integrity of your stored belongings.

Specialty Items Storage (wine, art, etc.)

When it comes to storing specialty items, such as wine or art, one cannot simply settle for any ordinary storage unit. These items require special care and attention.

If you have your own climate controlled basement, then you should be able to store your wine and art on your site. But if you don’t have that ability, self storage can come to the rescue.

Specialized storage units that are climate-controlled, can maintain the integrity of stored items.

Wine, for example, needs to be stored at a consistent temperature and humidity level to preserve its flavor and quality.

Art, on the other hand, requires a controlled environment to prevent damage from light and temperature fluctuations.

In addition to providing a climate-controlled environment, these specialized storage units also offer surveillance cameras, alarms, and restricted access to the unit. This ensures that your valuable items are well-protected and secure.

This is a smart and practical solution for individuals or businesses that need to store specialty items, and want to ensure that they’re well-protected and preserved for the future.

24 hour access for individuals or businesses that require access to their stored items at all times.
24 hour access for individuals or businesses that require access to their stored items at all times.

24-Hour Access Self Storage

For individuals or businesses that require access to their stored items at all times, 24 hour access storage may be their best option. These units typically have electronic gate access and may be accessible via a cell phone app or online portal.

Insurance options for stored items

It’s important to consider insurance options for your stored items, sometimes the self storage facilities can provide coverage.  Many self storage facilities offer insurance for purchase, or you can find a third-party insurance provider.

It is important to carefully review the coverage and determine what is and isn’t covered — as well as the cost — before making a final decision.

You can choose the right self storage unit to fit your needs.
You can choose the right self storage unit to fit your needs.

Choosing the Right Self Storage Unit for Your Needs

When choosing a self storage unit, it’s important to consider your specific needs considering the different types of storage units available.

Think about what you’ll be storing, their value, and whether you  require climate control or special security measures. Consider your budget and the location of the facility, as well as the access hours and additional services offered.

By carefully considering each these factors, you can choose the right self storage unit to meet your needs while also providing peace of mind for the protection of your valuables.

Self storage is a valuable and flexible service that can provide a solution for individuals and businesses who need extra space.

By understanding the various types of self storage available, you can make an informed decision and choose the right option. Remember to consider the items you will be storing, their value, and whether they require climate control or special security measures.

And don’t forget to consider your budget, location, access hours and additional services offered.

With the right self storage, you can have peace of mind knowing your valuable belongings are protected.


Seasonal Self Storage: How to Maximize Space (2023)

Self storage has become an increasingly popular solution for those looking to declutter and organize their home.

When it comes to storing seasonal items, this can be a challenge to maximize space available within a storage unit.

We’ll explore the importance of self storage for seasonal items — and provide tips for maximizing space, preventing damage and keeping organized.

The Importance of Seasonal Self Storage

Understanding the importance of self storage for seasonal items is crucial for maintaining a clutter-free and organized home. Seasonal items like holiday decorations and winter clothing are often only needed for a specific time of the year — yet they can take up a good amount of room in your home.

This can be a problem for those living in smaller homes or apartments.

By having a self storage space, you can free up valuable space from your home by holding these seasonal items in storage when they’re not in use.

Of course, this creates more room in your home, allowing you to enjoy more of your living space.

Additionally, by storing your seasonal items in a self-storage unit, you can easily access them when you need — instead searching through potential clutter at home. This saves you time and energy — and makes the time spent decorating for the season more pleasant.

Self storage can have additional options such as climate control, to help protect your seasonal items from extreme temperature and humidity. This ensures your items will be in good condition when you need them. Many self storage facilities provide surveillance and security measures so you know that your items are secure.

How Much Space Do You Really Need…

Assessing your storage needs is an essential step when preparing to store your seasonal items in a self-storage unit.

Start by making a list of all the seasonal items you need to store, including their size and number. This will give you an idea of the volume of items you need to store and help you to estimate the size of storage unit that you will need.

Consider items like a Christmas tree, outdoor furniture, holiday decorations and winter clothing. It’s also important to think about items you may need to access regularly, such as a specific holiday decoration or a winter coat.

When assessing your storage needs, it’s always better to rent a slightly larger unit than you think you’ll need. This will ensure that you have enough space to store all of your items without feeling cramped, and it will also give you some room for flexibility in case you need to add or remove items from your storage unit.

Additionally, keep in mind that many self-storage facilities offer different sizes of storage units, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Some facilities even offer climate-controlled units, which can be especially useful for storing items that are sensitive to temperature.

It’s always better to rent a slightly larger unit than you think you’ll need — rather than being cramped and having to move things around later. Make sure to consider the options offered by the storage facility and choose the options that best fit your needs.

Stackable plastic bins and clear plastic containers keep small items organized and visible.
Stackable plastic bins and clear plastic containers keep small items organized and visible.

Organizing Your Seasonal Items: Tips and Tricks for Maximizing Space

Organizing your seasonal items is a crucial step in maximizing the space in your self-storage unit.

One of the best ways to maximize space when storing seasonal items is to use vacuum sealed bags (or compression bags). These bags work by removing air from around the items, which reduces size by up to 75%. This is especially useful for bulky-fluffy items like winter coats and comforters. Not only do these bags save space, but they also protect items from dust and pests.

Another great trick for maximizing space in your storage unit is to use shelving and racks. By creating more vertical space, you can fit more in your unit. This will also make it easier to access your items when you need them.

Consider using stackable plastic bins or clear plastic containers to keep small items organized and easily visible.

You can also use the available space in your storage unit to create a more efficient layout. For example, you can put the items you use less frequently at the back of the unit — and the items you use more frequently near the front. This way you won’t have to search through everything each time you need something.

Additionally, when organizing your items, it’s important to think about the best way to store them to prevent damage. For example, you could store delicate items like Christmas ornaments in sturdy boxes with padding, and the hanging items like winter coats on hangers to avoid wrinkles and creases.

Preparing Your Items for Seasonal Storage Space: Cleaning and Packing Techniques

Preparing your items for seasonal storage is an important step to ensure they’re safe and protected. Cleaning and packing your items properly before storing can help prevent damage, and it’ll make it easier to find and access your items when you need them.

Cleaning your items thoroughly before storing them is crucial. Not only will this help to keep clean, but it will also protect from damage caused by dust and pests.

Take the time to clean your items, pay special attention to items that are likely to collect dust (or that have been stored for a long time). Be sure to allow your items to dry completely before packing away.

When it comes to packing your items, it’s important to use sturdy boxes and packing materials. Get boxes that are the right size for your items and that are in good condition.

When packing delicate items, such as Christmas ornaments; use padding or bubble wrap to protect them from damage.

It’s also a good idea to use clear plastic containers to keep small items organized and visible. This will make it easy for you to find what you need in the future when you come to your unit.

Choosing the Right Self Storage Unit: Size, Location, and Amenities

Choosing the right self storage unit is an important decision that can have a significant impact on the safety and accessibility of your items.

When selecting a unit, it’s essential to consider the size, location, and amenities of the unit to ensure that it meets your needs.

It’s essential to choose a unit that is large enough to accommodate all of your seasonal items, but not so large that you’re paying more for space you don’t need.

Assess your seasonal storage space needs to choose a unit that will comfortably house all of your items, with some extra room for future items if needed. Our storage calculator can help.

Location is another important factor to consider. It’s essential to choose a location that is convenient and easily accessible.

A unit that is close to your home or office can make it more convenient for you to access your items when you need them.

Unit options, such as climate control, can be important to consider. Climate control can help to protect your items from extreme temperatures, which may cause damage over time.

This is particularly important for items that are sensitive to temperature and humidity changes — such as musical instruments, photographs and electronics.

Storing Your Seasonal Items Safely: Preventing Damage and Deterring Theft

Storing your seasonal items safely is crucial to ensure that they are protected from damage and theft. It’s essential to take the necessary precautions to prevent damage and deter theft.

One of the most important steps in storing your items safely is to use sturdy boxes and packing materials to protect them from damage. Avoid overloading boxes, as this may cause them to break. .

Another important step in storing your items safely is to label each box. This will help you to easily find what you need in the future when you visit your storage unit.

Label all of your boxes and containers clearly with their contents, and consider creating an inventory list of your items for easy reference. And then map out each item from this list so you know where it is in the storage unit. This will help you to quickly find what you need.

It’s also important to communicate with your storage center and let them know if you have concerns about security. Many facilities have security measures in place, such as surveillance cameras and security personnel, but it’s still important to take the necessary precautions to keep your items safe.

You can use more space by having shelves, racks and containers.
You can use more space by having shelves, racks and containers.

Making the Most of Your Seasonal Storage Space: Using Shelves, Racks, and Containers

One of the best ways to make the most of your storage unit is by using shelves, racks and containers to create more vertical space inside your unit.

Shelves and racks are great for creating more vertical space in your unit. They allow you to store items in a more organized way, which can help to maximize the space available. You can use these shelves and racks to store items such as holiday decorations, outdoor furniture, and winter clothing.

Clear plastic containers are also a great way to make the most of your self storage unit. They are perfect for storing small items and keeping them easily visible. Clear containers make it easy to see inside — so you don’t have to open each container to find what’s inside.

When using shelves, racks, and containers, it’s important to make sure they’re sturdy and in good condition. Avoid overloading them, as this can cause them to crack, break or become damaged.

Label your boxes and containers clearly with the contents.
Label your boxes and containers with the contents.

Staying Organized in Self Storage: Labeling and Inventory Management

Staying organized in self storage is crucial to ensure that you can easily find and access your items when you need them.

Labeling is a key component to staying organized.

Label your boxes and containers clearly with the contents. This will help you to quickly identify the contents of each container and find what you need when you visit the unit.

Use a labeling system that is easy to understand, such as a color-coding system, and make sure that the labels are legible and visible.

Creating an inventory list of your items is another important step in staying organized in self storage. An inventory list will help you to keep track of your items and ensure that nothing is misplaced or lost.

You could create a spreadsheet (or a list) that includes the contents of each box and container — along with the location of each item in your storage unit. This itemized map will help you quickly find what you need when you visit your storage unit.

Additionally, It’s also important to review your inventory and organize your items periodically. This will help you to identify any items that you no longer need or use, and to make sure that everything is in its proper place.

Accessing Your Seasonal Items: How to Make the Most of Your Visits to the Storage Unit

Accessing your seasonal items is an important aspect of using self storage. To make the most of your visits to the storage unit, it’s essential to plan ahead and be organized.

When planning to visit your storage unit, it’s a good idea to make a list of the items you need to retrieve. This will help you to quickly and efficiently find what you need, without wasting time searching through boxes. It’s also important to review your inventory and to know exactly where your items are located in the unit. This will save you time and effort during your visit.

Another important aspect of accessing your seasonal items is to schedule your visits during the storage facility’s hours of operation. This will ensure that the facility is open and that you have access to your unit. It’s also a good idea to let the storage facility know when you’re coming, so they can be prepared for your visit.

It’s also important to be prepared for your visit. Bring a flashlight, gloves, and a lock for your unit if you have one. You should also wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll likely be walking and moving around a lot.

It’s also a good idea to bring a dolly or hand truck to help you move your items.

Utilizing self storage for seasonal items can be a great way to free up space in your home while keeping your items accessible.