Calculate Space Needed
Each person is able to pack a storage unit in different ways to make items fit. The diagram below is for the purpose of giving an idea how much stuff will fit into each size of storage unit. You may be able to fit more or less into each unit. To maximize the amount of items into each storage unit, follow the storage tips found at the bottom of this page.
- Plan ahead. Place items you may need to get to often in the front of your space. Allow for walkways if you’ll need periodic access to items.
- Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home, or in a safe deposit box.
For easy stacking, use uniform size boxes. Be sure they’re strong enough to hold 20-30 pounds.
- List contents on all four sides of the box. Number the boxes and seal them with cello tape, fiber tape, or glued paper tape. Use inventory sheets to track the boxes.
- Wrap dishes and glasses in plain paper and pack them in sturdy boxes. Set these boxes on top of the others.
- Drawers in dressers and tables can be used to store knickknacks and other small items. Wrap them in towels, tablecloths or blankets to prevent breakage.
- Blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothing can be packed inside large appliances. Place blankets, sheets, or plastic on top of the stored items.
- To save floor space, sofas and loveseats can be stored on end. Wrap cushions in plastic and stack them on top of the sofa.
- If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they may bend out of shape and become lumpy. Pack them in mattress cartons or plastic to prevent damage.
- NEVER store anything toxic or combustible. Drain gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, etc.
- Be sure to place a good lock on your storage space.