Packing Tips from Cascade Self Storage in Medford, Oregon

Packing and Storage Tips

Tip #1:  Always inspect your storage space before you rent.

Tip #2:  Make a list of the number of boxes, the size boxes needed and the packing supplies you're going to need.  Commonly used packing supplies needed are items like newsprint or wrapping paper, shrink wrap, packing tape, furniture and mattress covers, etc.  

Tip #3:  When packing items in the boxes, be sure to place heavier items in the bottom of the box with lighter items on top.  

Tip #4:  Fill the boxes to capacity.  Partially full or bulging boxes may tip, breakdown or collapse.

Tip #5:  Pack books and heavy items in small boxes to avoid the box being too heavy to lift.  

Tip #6:  Fragile items should be protected by bubble wrap or packing peanuts and should be placed in the top portion of the box.  Write "FRAGILE" on the box so anyone helping you move know the box needs to be placed at the top of a stack of boxes and not on the bottom. 

Tip #7:  Label your boxes to make it easier to locate the items wanted once you have finished moving into the storage space. 

Tip #8:  When placing the items in the storage space, it's a good idea to not pack the items and boxes tight to the walls.  Leave a gap between the items and the walls to allow for air flow around your items.  

Tip #9:  Leave a walk-way to the back of the storage space to be able to easily reach items in the rear.  

Tip #10:  Place the less used items at the back of the space, such as holiday decorations.  Keep items used frequently in the front of the space closest to the door. 

Tip #11:  Items that can be taken apart take up less space when disassembled.  Disassemble items such as bed frames and tables.

Tip #12:  Do not overload your boxes.

Other Packing Tips

Appliances - A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar.  Smaller items can be stored on the shelves inside of large appliances.  

Books & Documents - Do not place boxes containing books and documents directly on the concrete floor.  Place a barrier between the concrete and the box of books and documents.

Clothing - Clean clothing can be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers.  Do not store dirty clothing.  Dirty clothing can attract rodents.

Food Crumbs - Do not bring anything with food crumbs into your storage space.  All stains and food crumbs should be removed before storing any items with stains or food crumbs.  Avoid storing anything that will attract rodents.

Dishes & Glassware - Plates are the strongest when standing on their edge and nest bowls.  All glass items should be individually wrapped and placed near the top of the box or container.

Furniture - Place a pallet, cardboard, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand the sofa and mattresses on end.  Chairs without arms can be stacked seat to seat.

Lamps & Shades - Pack delicate lampshades separately from the lamp.  Do not stack heavier items on top of boxes with lampshades in them.

Mirrors, Windows & Window Screens - These items should be stored on edge not laying flat. Prop them behind something so they won't fall.

Tools - Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust.

Valuables - Take your valuables with you.  You shouldn't store valuable items, items of sentimental value or artwork in a storage space.