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How to properly pack and protect your items in self storage

What type of stuff could you store in your storage container?

Self-storage has become a popular option for individuals and businesses looking for additional space to store their belongings. However, without proper preparation, the items stored in a self-storage unit can be vulnerable to damage or loss. To ensure your items are protected, it’s crucial to pack and store them properly.

Here are some tips to help you properly pack and protect your items in a self-storage unit:

Choose the right size of storage unit

When selecting a self-storage unit, it’s important to choose the right size. You don’t want to have too much unused space as items can shift and cause damage during transport or storage, nor do you want a unit that’s too cramped, making it difficult to access your items. Make sure to measure the items you want to store and compare the available storage unit sizes to determine the best fit for your needs.

Clean and prepare your items

Before you start packing, it’s important to clean and prepare your items. This will help prevent damage from moisture and pests, and ensure that your items are ready to be stored in the best possible condition. Make sure to clean items thoroughly and allow them to dry completely before packing them into boxes or containers.

Use proper packing materials

When it comes to packing, it’s important to use the right materials. You’ll want to invest in sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and packing tape to ensure your items are protected. If you’re storing delicate items such as glassware or electronics, consider using special packing materials such as foam peanuts or cushioning.

Label your boxes

Labeling your boxes can help you stay organized and make it easier to find what you’re looking for when you need to access your items. Make sure to label each box with a detailed description of its contents and the room or area it belongs in. If you have items that need special care, such as fragile items, consider labeling them as such.

Disassemble larger items

If you’re storing larger items, such as furniture or exercise equipment, consider disassembling them before packing. This will help you save space and prevent damage during transport and storage. Make sure to label each piece and keep all hardware in labeled bags or containers for easy reassembly.

Stack boxes properly

When packing boxes into your self-storage unit, it’s important to stack them properly. Place heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top to prevent crushing. Make sure to also stagger your boxes, so that the weight is distributed evenly across the unit.

Consider climate control

Depending on where you live, the temperature and humidity levels in your self-storage unit can fluctuate. This can be damaging to items such as electronics, musical instruments, and furniture. If you’re storing items that are sensitive to temperature and humidity, consider a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

Insure your items

Finally, it’s important to insure your items while they’re in self-storage. While self-storage facilities are generally safe and secure, accidents can happen. Make sure to read the fine print of your self-storage contract and consider purchasing insurance to protect your belongings.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your items are properly packed and protected while in self-storage. Whether you’re storing household items, business equipment, or anything in between, these tips will help you get the most out of your self-storage experience.


U-Need Storage offers secure climate-controlled, indoor self-storage facilities throughout the GTA. Whether you need to store a boat or a bed, we have a unit to suit your needs. We serve customers in Milton, Guelph, Georgetown, Mississauga, Oakville and beyond. Contact us today for more information.


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