Successful Self-Storage Secrets

At some point in your life, you may find that you need an affordable, clean, secure, self-storage unit. There are many options available in self-storage today and many ways to optimally pack and store your goods. Here are some things to consider when you rent a self-storage unit. 

Storage Unit Sizes

Whether you want to store just a few belongings or rooms full of furniture and possessions, there are available storage units to suit your needs. The most common self-storage units vary in size from 5' x 5' (25 sq. ft.) to 10' x 30' (300 sq. ft.) and even larger. Once you find a local a self-storage facility, make a visit to actually see the different size units that are available. Seeing these units in person will help you quickly decide which size will work best for you. 


Self-storage facilities offer a wide range of amenities for your convenience:

  • month-to-month rentals
  • climate and insect control
  • drive up access
  • 24-hour, 7 days a week access
  • 24-hour security surveillance
  • RV and/or boat parking spaces

Most facilities will have boxes, packing, and moving supplies and locks available to purchase. They will also provide small carts and dollies for you to use while on the premises. 

Packing Tips

Here are a few ways to pack your possessions to optimize the space in your rental unit:

  • Use as many of the same size boxes as possible.
  • Use medium size boxes: not too large or too small.
  • Label all boxes with their contents and keep a list of all boxes.
  • Use bubble wrap and crumpled kraft paper to pack dishes, glassware, and breakables.
  • Hang all clothing in wardrobe boxes.
  • Pack paintings, framed documents, and mirrors between two pieces of cardboard taped together.

Storage Tips

There is a good way and a better way to stack your packed belongings in your storage unit:

  • Place boxes on each side of the storage unit with a small aisle down the center.
  • Fill boxes comfortably and do not over stuff.
  • Use a large plastic trashcan to store long, thin items.
  • Remove legs from tables to save space.
  • Treat all wood items with linseed oil or furniture polish before storing.
  • Wrap mattresses in heavy plastic and store standing up.
  • Treat all metal items with machine oil before storing. 

Whether you are a student, apartment dweller, homeowner, or business owner, you may benefit from a self-storage facility. Plan ahead, pack wisely, stack your boxes well, and you can be assured that your belongings will be kept in good condition and ready to use when needed.