Trusted Since 1988

Use Current Location

Articles & Tips

Self-Storage & Packing Tips

General Tips

January 31, 2018


5 min

Couple packing boxes for storage
Our job at ezStorage is to provide you with the best self storage experience at a fair price. In doing so, we’d also like to assist you in making your move easy. To make your move as easy as possible, we recommend the following tips. Use these tips to maximize space in your storage unit. By maximizing space and staying organized, your move will be smooth and you will save money.

Self-Storage Tips from ezStorage

Take a deep breath and relax. You know you have a lot of items that need moving and your first instinct will be to start packing. Before you go to town, think about your approach.

Before you begin packing for storage, you will need to plan ahead.

Your first step should be to take an inventory of everything you need to store. You do not need to use a notepad for your inventory list.

The key is to ensure you have thought through all the items that you plan on putting into your self-storage unit. Which items need easy access? Which items can go long periods without access? for easy access later.

After the planning phase is complete, follow these steps to ensure self-storage efficiency.

8 Storage Tips and Tricks for Easy Packing

  1. Start packing for storage: Maximize the use of your storage space while at the same time protecting delicate items. Don’t forget, ezStorage storage units are approximately eight feet (8′) high. Ensure you use all vertical space in your unit to get the most value from it.
  2. Group all your frequently-used items together: Pack these items last and keep them together in the front of your storage unit. Make sure no heavy items lay on top, or else retrieving will be a puzzle!
  3. Protect your valuables in transit: Any soft, durable item will work. Lost for ideas? Items we recommend include:
    • Bubble wrap
    • Newsprint
    • Any cover designed for your specific items
    • Mattress covers
    • Old blankets
  4. Use empty spaces in dresser drawers and appliances: Don’t forget to clean the appliances out first. Dresser drawers a great place to store things like linens, bedding, clothing or even books and CD’s. Remember to leave that drawer open a little so that air can circulate. Also, put all your garden tools together in empty trash cans. By following these self-storage tips you can avoid clutter and maximize space.
  5. Break down furniture with removable legs and stack chairs: Don’t forget to put a blanket or sheet between surfaces so they do not get scratched or damaged. If you cannot break down a table, make sure you store items underneath and on top.
  6. Be safe with gas-powered equipment: If you plan on storing any gas-powered equipment, remember to completely drain the fuel and check for any leaks. State laws prohibit the storage of any hazardous or flammable materials.
  7. Heavy Before Light: While you are stacking items in your self storage unit, make sure to stack the heavier items below the lighter items. • It is also a good idea to write down where you are storing your items in your unit. A map works really well when your loved one asks you to go to ezStorage to get that item they need! Pictures and videos also work great too!
  8. Keep an Aisle, If Possible: Organize your storage unit so that you have an aisle down the middle from the roll-up door to the back of the storage unit. This will allow you to navigate your space with ease. Don’t forget to keep your frequently-used items at the front of your storage unit.

Packing For Storage Tips

Planning is paramount when packing for storage of your belongings. Make sure you have all the right packing supplies:

  • boxes
  • packing materials
  • bubble wrap
  • newsprint
  • peanuts
  • tape
  • markers
  • furniture covers

If you don’t know how much you’ll need, call your local ezStorage and speak with one of our helpful storage experts. Remember, ezStorage offers a full range of packing supplies at each storage location.

Extra Packing for Storage Tips:

  • Correct box size is important. Use large packing boxes for light items (e.g., bedding, linens, lamps). Use small boxes for your heavier items like books, CDs, DVDs and documents.
  • Label every box. This may sound obvious but people often think they’ll remember what they store in each box…but they won’t!
  • Make sure you take the time to wrap and protect your delicate items. Wrap each dish, glass and any other fragile items. Bubble wrap is excellent for this. Don’t forget to mark on the box ‘FRAGILE’ and ‘THIS SIDE UP.’ Remember: proper packing for storage comes down to the details.
  • Keep in mind the weight of the box. Packaged boxes should not weigh more than you can lift. Heavier items should always be at the bottom of the box.
  • Use packaging tape to seal each box. Keep the tops of the boxes flat for easier stacking.
  • Wardrobe boxes allow you to package up your clothes on hangers. They help keep your clothes from getting wrinkled.
  • Remember to take apart bed frames and other furniture (if it allows). Use small plastic bags to hold your hardware and tape the hardware to the furniture.

Follow these self storage tips and tricks, and prepare for a stress-free task. ezStorage storage professionals are here to answer questions about storage unit packing tip. Stop by one of our many locations near:

Looking for Tips on Storing Your Belongings?

Explore our solutions tips below to get tips and advice on how to properly store your belongings.

English Spanish

Ada Icon
click to launch chat

What size home are you storing?

1 Bedroom Apartment

2 Bedroom Apartment

2-3 Bedroom House

4+ Bedroom House

Single Dorm Room

Studio Apartment

5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' Storage Unit (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' Storage Units (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' Storage Units (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' Storage Unit (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' Storage Unit (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' Storage Unit (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!