Keep your frequently used items at the
front of your unit where you can get at them easily.
As you move into your storage space,
make a simple drawing that shows where items are
Protect your furniture, including
mattresses and box springs, with covers designed for the
Make best use of your storage area by
stacking to the ceiling, working from heaviest items on the
bottom to lightest items on top.
Use a stool to stack and reach items
stored above your head.
Optimize your space.
Break down any furniture
that has removable legs, leaves or other parts. Stack chairs
seat-to-seat with towels or blankets between them.
Use your refrigerator or other appliances
to store things like linens — even books or CDs. Wedge the
door of any appliances open so air can circulate inside
Take a breath.
Leave a little space
between the walls of your units and your stored items to allow for
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and
hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra
cans inside one another.
Clear the air.
If you're storing a gas-powered lawnmower
or leaf blower, prevent unpleasant odors by draining the tank
before you put it in your unit.
Keep an extra emergency
preparedness kit in your storage unit. If your home in
inaccessible, you'll have a second supply resource.
Gather all the materials and supplies
you need before you start: boxes, tape, packing materials,
markers, furniture covers and so on. Remember, Barrington
Self Storage sells everything you need.
Label, label, label.
Mark every box with its contents, and
keep a written inventory as you pack.
Use the right box.
Use large boxes for light items
(linens, pillows, lamps) and smaller boxes for heavier items
Pack small things carefully into boxes
with appropriate packing materials. Resist the temptation to
toss things into a garbage bag; they risk damage from knocks
or bumps and mildew from lack of ventilation.
This side up.
If you combine different weights of
items in one box, always put the heavier things on the bottom
and mark the box “this side up.”
Packed boxes should only weigh as much
as you can lift without straining — for most people,
less than 40 pounds.
Tape it up.
Make sure all your packed boxes are
securely sealed with packing tape, with the tops flat (to make
it easier to stack them).
Hang it up.
Use a wardrobe box to hang clothing,
draperies and other fabrics that need to breathe and be kept
Break it down.
Disassemble bed frames and lash them
together with tape or twine. Use small plastic bags to store
screws and bolts and tape them to the frame that they belong
Wrap dishes and glassware individually,
and pad the box with packing paper or bubble wrap.