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Secure Self Storage Units - Tips and Tricks

Tips for Making Packing Easier
Should I use a Temperature-Controlled Storage Unit?
What size storage unit do I need?
Organizing Your Storage Unit

Renting a self-storage unit is one thing, properly packing your items and having a plan on how you are going to arrange your room will help ensure that all of your items fit, protect your possessions and reduce frustration when you need to locate an item while in storage.

Storing your Possessions

Below we’ve listed secure self-storage tips and tricks to packing and arranging your area.

Tips for Making Packing Easier (DOs and DON'Ts)


  • Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference. Labeling your possessions will save you time if you have to look for something in particular.

    When packing boxes, remember, at some point you will have to lift them so keep that in mind.
  • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. to save space.

    Wrap and label all pieces to make it easier to reassemble them. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.
  • When you disassemble electronics like computers, stereos, and things that have numerous cords, place small colored stickers on the cord and the same color sticker where the cord plugs in. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to reassemble your electronics.

    If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.
  • Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Don’t’ forget to leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.

    To prevent rusting, rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment. 
  • Make sure to drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
  • When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box.

    Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap fragile items. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.
  • Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes on hangers to retain their original shapes.
  • Purchase the insurance! If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring!
  • Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight-fitting lids and stack easily.
  • Do not use plastic to cover your belongings as it retains moisture.
  • Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them...especially when you are packing books.
  • Do not use printed newspaper for wrapping as the ink may smudge and get on your items.
  • Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables such as paint, oil, or gasoline. 

Should I use a climate-controlled storage unit?

Storing your belongings properly is essential to preserving them long-term.

Temperature-Controlled Storage Units

Our standard storage units are fine for a variety of items, such as the following.
  • Vehicles
  • Tools
  • Yard equipment
Any personal or household or office items that need to be protected from temperature fluctuations or condensation would benefit from our climate-controlled storage rooms.

Some examples of items best suited for climate-controlled spaces include the following.
  • Art
  • Books
  • Musical instruments
  • Fine textiles
  • Fur
  • Seasonal wardrobes
  • Fine furniture, such as leather sofas

What size storage unit do I need?

The information below will give you a general idea of how much will fit into our different units. If you're still unsure after reviewing the list, we would be happy to help you choose the right size to accommodate your possessions.

5 x 10 Self-Storage

5' x 10' Storage Unit
  • Area: 50 sq. ft.
  • Storage Space: 1 bedroom or office room
  • Fits the contents of 6' x 12' trailer or Pickup truck or cargo van or Walk-in closet
  • Optional: Climate controlled space
Our 5' x 10' unit can usually fit the contents of a 6' x 12' trailer, pickup truck, cargo van. It's about as big as a walk-in closet.

You can store a number of things in a 5’ x 10 unit.
  • Mattress set
  • Sofa
  • Dining room set
  • Chest of drawers
  • Boxes
  • Small items
10' x 10' Storage Unit
  • Area: 100 sq. ft.
  • Storage Space: 1 bedroom apartment or office space
  • Fits the contents of 15' moving truck or Average size bedroom
  • Optional: Climate controlled rooms
Our 10' x 10' unit can usually fit the contents of a 15' moving truck and is as big as an average size bedroom.

You can store the furnishings of a one-bedroom apartment or two office suites!
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer/dryer
  • Patio furniture
  • Several boxes
  • Two office suites or approximately 200 file boxes
10' x 15' Storage Unit
  • Area: 150 sq. ft.
  • Storage Space: 1 or 2 bedroom house
  • Fits the contents of 20' moving truck or Large bedroom
Our 10' x 15' unit can usually fit the contents of a 20' moving truck and is the size of a large bedroom.

You can store the furnishings of a two-bedroom apartment or small house.
  • Appliances
  • Patio furniture
  • Numerous boxes
  • A vehicle
  • Small boat
  • Carpet rolls
  • Building materials
10' x 20' Storage Unit
  • Area: 200 sq. ft.
  • Storage Space: 2 or 3 bedroom house
  • Fits the contents of 24' moving a truck or Small one-car garage
  • Options: Climate controlled rooms
Our 10' x 20' unit can usually fit the contents of a 24' moving truck and is the size of a small one-car garage.

You can store the furnishings of a two-bedroom house, construction equipment and more.
  • Appliances
  • Patio furniture
  • Numerous boxes
  • A vehicle
  • Small boat
  • Construction equipment

Organizing Your Storage Unit

  • Use pallets, 2 x 4's, plywood, or anything that will keep your items off the floor of the unit.
  • Utilize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit.
  • Make sure to leave an aisle in the center of your room so that you have a walkway to the back of the unit.
  • Use freestanding shelves to help organize your space 
  • Don’t forget to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them when you need them.
  • To protect your items by covering them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.
  • Be sure to check your unit once a month.
  • If it is possible, store couches on the end. Stack chairs seat to seat and use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items.
  • When stacking furniture, use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
  • Store mattresses and box springs on long edges. Wrap them for protection and elevate off the floor.

    To elevate, use two to three 2 x 4's cut to 1 foot long.
  • Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat. Pack books flat to protect their spines.
  • Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your room.
  • Keep out-of-season clothes accessible. You may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated
  • Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your area. If you see a potential problem or anything suspicious, alert the manager!
  • Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and place the lighter ones on top when stacking. (This will prevent boxes from being crushed.)
  • Be sure to keep boxes off the floor
  • Do not store any food items. This will prevent any unwanted guests
  • Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Ask your insurance agent about “off-premises” personal property coverage.
  • Do not give out your password, gate code, or any information to anyone that is not listed as having access to your room(s).
If you have any questions about our self-storage facility, packing or arranging your possessions, contact Discount Storage or call (574) 936-4729.

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