Packing & Storage Tips

Keeping your things organized and stored properly is important during a big move. Check out some of our favorite packing tips for moving and self-storage.

How to Choose a Storage Unit

Which Storage Unit Size?

Selecting the ideal storage unit size may seem daunting, yet a bit of pre-planning can simplify the decision-making process. Opting for a unit that is too spacious leads to unnecessary expenses, while one that is too small can be inconvenient. To guide you in choosing the perfect storage unit size for your requirements, consider the following steps:

  • Create a detailed list of items slated for storage, encompassing furniture, appliances, sports gear, clothing, decorations, and electronics.
  • Estimate the size and quantity of boxes you intend to store.
  • Utilize the information from your list to consult our storage unit size guide, offering a visual representation to help you grasp what can comfortably fit in a storage unit.


Finding the Best Location

The most suitable storage facility is one that aligns with your convenience and meets your specific requirements. For those treating storage as an extension of their home, proximity to your residence is key for easy access. If it's for business purposes, selecting a facility near your place of business is advisable. Consider factors such as cleanliness, well-maintained facilities, and amenities like 24-hour video recordings, electronically gated access, and extended hours based on your needs. If frequent loading and unloading are expected, a location offering drive-up units may be the optimal choice.

Access Hours and Availability

We know your time is valuable and it’s not always easy to fit a visit to your storage unit into a 9 to 5 schedule. At Air base Storage, you get extended access hours to visit your storage unit when it’s convenient for you.

Securing Your Unit

When choosing a lock for your storage unit, you’ll want to be sure you have a lock that is the industry standard for securing your storage unit. Do not share the key with anyone to help limit access to your storage unit.

Moving into Your Storage Unit

Preparing to Move

Efficiently preparing for your move into a storage unit can save both time and space while alleviating some of the stress associated with storing belongings. Consider the following helpful tips:

  • Disassemble large items, such as bed frames and tables, before moving them into your storage unit. Keep all parts together in a small container or bag, securely attached to their disassembled counterparts.
  • Before disassembling electronics, take a photo to aid in proper reassembly later.
  • Safeguard furniture chair legs by wrapping them in protective bubble wrap, furniture covers, or pads to prevent scratches.
  • Opt for larger boxes for lighter items like blankets, pillows, and towels.
  • Choose smaller boxes for heavier items such as books, kitchenware, and tools.
  • Pack dishes vertically and use partitions to fill empty spaces, preventing cracking or breaking.
  • Cushion fragile items before placing them in boxes; avoid using newspaper as it may bleed ink. Instead, use packing paper or bubble wrap.
  • Seal boxes with packing tape to prevent dust infiltration.
  • Label boxes on all sides for easy identification. Include information about where the box should be unpacked in your home or highlight important contents for easy retrieval later.
  • Prioritize proper lifting techniques to avoid back strain – remember to bend with your knees!


Protecting Your Items

While it's crucial to provide adequate padding for stored items, safeguarding your belongings involves more than just enveloping them in a protective layer. Consider the following tips to minimize the risk of damage to your stored possessions:

  • Avoid storing anything flammable, such as paint or other chemicals.
  • Refrain from storing perishable items.
  • Steer clear of storing hazardous or combustible materials.
  • Drain fluids from snow blowers, lawnmowers, and other equipment before storing them.
  • Ensure your storage unit door is secured with a sturdy lock.
  • Elevate items off the floor by placing them on a pallet.
  • Control moisture and humidity by strategically placing moisture absorbers like silica gel packets or DampRid throughout the storage unit.


Maximizing Your Space

Packing Your Unit

Inefficient organization of your storage unit can result in unnecessary complications. Often, items are haphazardly deposited without considering accessibility or the potential addition of more items later on. Consider these tips to streamline the arrangement of your storage unit:

  • Prioritize frequently accessed items by placing them at the front of your self-storage unit, while less frequently needed items should be towards the rear.
  • Begin organizing your storage unit with larger items at the back and sides, progressing forward.
  • Safeguard delicate items by situating fragile boxes on top of sturdier, less fragile ones. Avoid over-packing boxes to prevent them from becoming excessively heavy and hazardous.
  • Group similar items together for easier retrieval.
  • In larger or medium-sized units, create a walkway to access the back without having to remove everything in front.

Maximizing Your Space

Optimizing your storage unit is akin to mastering Tetris in real life. Apply your skills with these tips to maximize space efficiently:

  • Utilize vertical space by stacking boxes, especially in smaller units. However, exercise caution to avoid creating an unstable tower.
  • Make use of the space inside and beneath furniture pieces like bookcases or tables to tap into otherwise unused areas.
  • When possible, hang bikes or store couches upright on one arm to free up floor space.
  • Maximize storage within drawers and larger appliances like stoves, refrigerators, and night tables for smaller items such as towels, linens, toys, etc.
  • By incorporating a bit of foresight, the right supplies, and the storage and packing advice we've shared, your move-in day will unfold smoothly, making the process less stressful.