Tips & Tools
- Think about what you might need to take out of storage regularly - like tools. Be sure to store these items at the front of your unit for easy access.
- Keep similar items together and create a general map of where you have stored these items. This will help you when you need to get these things for your use.
- Think supplies! What will you need for packing: boxes, tape, packing materials, writing supplies? If you find you need supplies, we have them in our Next Door storage store
- We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to label your boxes! Label the sides that the top of your boxes . . . even a label on the bottom is not overkill. Make it easy for you to spot the box you want, when you want it!
- Be sure to review our "Storage Tips" as well - you'll be glad you did.
- Create a diagram of how you want your items stored in your unit, be sure to adjust your diagram to represent the actual layout before you leave your unit.
- Use your space well - plan to stack your storage items as high as you are comfortable. to the ceiling. Make sure you put the heaviest items on the bottom and lightest on top.
- If you can break down items, that will help you maximize your space. Stack items, such as chairs and place vertically such items as couches, mattesses or large chairs.
- While maximizing your unit is a good idea, leaving space around the wall of the unit is good for ventilation. You'll be glad you did.
Make sure to empty anything that is gas powered. You don't want the smell to transfer to your other stored items or to create a hazard for you in your unit.
- It may seem obvious but be sure to put heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top when packing boxes . . . and be sure to mark the boxes with "this side up" to protect the lighter items.
- Reserve our free move-in truck well in advance of your move - talk with your Next Door Storage manager
If there will be children present, be sure to watch out for their safety, first. If you plan for them to help, assign them specific tasks and responsibilities that make sense for their age and ability. But keeping them safe is the most important responsibility.
- Be smart about packing - some things you should not store, some things you should give away and some things you should just toss. You be the judge; use your space well.
- Be sure to talk with the Next Door storage professionals - we'll be glad to help you with your questions and give you counsel from our experience.
- Wrap furniture with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads, to prevent damage
The temptation, especially near the end, will be great to just throw stuff in a box, but it will save you lots of time if you use packing materials and, again, label your containers.
- Locate the right container for each type of storage; if you have access to wardrobe boxes use them for clothes. These boxes are made just for this purpose. (I don't love this one.) Its okay for now
- Use valuable space inside drawers and larger appliances to store small items such as linens, fragile items, and toys
Purchase, or gather, your supplies before your move-in date - you'll save time and aggravation! Most importantly - get good strong boxes and label them well!
- Make sure you don't overdo it on moving day - have drinks, food and schedule your breaks to make the move enjoyable
If you are going to need stools or ladders to stand on, be sure to deliver them early during your move. Avoid unnecessary packing and unpacking your unit.