Keep in mind that the square footage in a rented Extra Space Storage is limited so it makes sense to carefully choose, pack and stack the items for storage. Be sure to measure the storage area first, decide which items will fit into the space, and determine the packing supplies necessary. The next steps of boxing up and stacking the items will be easier and faster.
Boxing Up with Care
It’s always best to err on the side of caution when boxing up the items. An over-packed box will likely cause accidents because it’s too heavy and hard to move. An under-packed box, in contrast, will be lighter to carry and stack.
The best tip for boxing up items is to use fit-for-purpose boxes with specific features for storage. These are usually built for durability, designed to hold specific weights and items, and equipped with carry handles for easy transport. These also come in various sizes and thickness, as well as easy to stack efficiently for more storage space.
When boxing up, keep these tips in mind:
- Pack towels, blankets and curtains around larger items as a buffer.
- Wrap china plates in wrapping paper individually before stacking them vertically to avoid breakage.
- Avoid placing glassware inside each other although it can be done with plasticware.
- Wrap breakable items, such as mirrors, figurines and lamps, in bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or foam sheets before placing them in boxes.
- Keep tools, lawnmowers, and other greasy items away from furniture to prevent oil stains. Never use newsprint on items that can absorb stains either.
- Label every box with its contents.
- Slightly keep the fridge’s door ajar and place an open box of baking soda inside to prevent odors.
Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance either since boxing up the items can such a chore.
Stacking with Convenience in Mind
Once everything is boxed up, it’s time to stack them in the storage unit. These tips will be useful:
- Leave a center aisle so that you can easily access the boxes for removal at a future time.
- Store items that will likely be used soon at the front of the storage unit for fast access.
- Stand the mattresses, sofas and other furniture on the end of a pallet or a plastic sheet. Arrange them at the back of the storage unit, if you’re not planning on using them anytime soon. Place a protective cover over these items.
- Save space by storing chairs in an inverted arrangement seat-to-seat.
Packing your items may seem like hard work but it’s hard work that will pay off when you need to get the things you need from your unit.