Oklahoma Self Storage Association
Invest in good quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials – box strength degrades with use. If you buy boxes of similar sizes, it'll be easier to stack them securely in the self-storage facility and will save you space.
Fill boxes to capacity wherever possible to avoid breakages, but avoid making them too heavy – remember you'll have to be able to lift them. You can use materials such as paper or towels or buy special packing to fill spaces if necessary. Depending on the space you opt to rent from your self-storage facility, you might be stacking boxes on top of each other, and the lower levels need to be sturdy enough to take the strain. Boxes that are only partly filled may tip over or collapse.
Label all boxes clearly so you can identify the contents and keep an inventory. Label them on more than one side so you can see what's what quickly. Mark 'Fragile' on any boxes containing breakable items.
Don't be tempted to fill large boxes with heavy items such as books, as they'll quickly become impossible to carry and may break. You can buy small book boxes from your self-storage facility that will do the job just as well. If you do pack heavy items in a large box, put in just a few, and then fill the box up with lighter items.
At this stage in your self-storage process, it's worthwhile taking some time to plan exactly how to pack your items into the unit. Unit sizes are determined by price, so you can save money here by assessing what you have to store and planning to pack it in efficiently – a smaller and well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is badly organized.
There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. Firstly, you need to make sure that you can easily access the items you've stored in the facility when you want them. Secondly, you must take care when storing – these are your belongings, and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.