Mobile Storage Tips
Label as much as you can. Moving is a stressful time, make things easier by labeling all boxes, with both the contents and the room they are intended for. You won’t remember what is where, no matter how good your memory is.
Keep an accurate inventory. This will help you keep track of all your belongings, especially if you have more than one storage unit.
Have a specific packing (and unpacking) plan. If you are moving, know what rooms you want to set up first, and pack accordingly.
Use strong boxes and containers that can be stacked.
Fill boxes completely, to keep them from collapsing and damaging belongings.
Load the heavy stuff first, making every effort to distribute the weight evenly.
Use a utility dolly and straps for appliances to control the weight better.
Remove the legs from tables and chairs to make them easier to pack, and utilizing the space better.
Use all the space that is available. Consider stack things in stable layers, keeping them tightly packed.
Use tie down straps to stabilize the layers you create.
Pack fragile items wrapped in bubble wrap or blankets.
Utilize the space in bureau drawers and end tables for smaller items.
Use moving blankets between large items like entertainment centers and bedroom furnishings to keep them packed together, but not scratching each other.
It’s a good idea to keep an aisle open when packing your mobile unit. You may need access to some of the items you have packed, and an aisle will grant that. When it’s time to move the unit, fill the aisle last.
Mattresses and couch cushions can help pack things in tightly by filling in open gaps.
Check the stability of your items as you go to prevent any shifting during transport.
Do not store anything combustible! This means items such as propane tanks, old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline or other things which might cause a fire. If you’re storing anything that runs on gas, please drain the tank before you store it. Don’t risk losing your belongings.