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You've either decided or been forced to downsize your home. Either way, you may need temporary storage for some of your things.

A self-storage unit can be a good way to solve your immediate problems or difficulties when it comes to lack of space.


And while cost-effective and easily accessible storage facilities should be readily available you can’t just toss your items randomly inside a storage unit and expect things to be just fine.

Learn how to pack items for storage so that your valuable belongings stay perfectly protected until you get to need them again.

Follow these simple tips for packing things for storage so that you can safeguard them well from the elements and the passage of time.


  • Pack for storage only the things you really plan to use again. The more items you prepare to stow away, the more money you’ll need to pay due to the bigger storage unit.

  • Inspect closely each of your things before you start packing them for storage. You shouldn’t keep an item if it’s not valuable, sentimental, or useful in any way.


  • Create a detailed list of all the belongings you plan to store simply because it’s easy to forget what you have in your storage space amidst a move.

  • Make a few copies of the master contents list and keep them in various safe places. Keep an electronic copy of the inventory list online for quick reference.

  • Use the detailed inventory list in case your possessions got damaged by a natural disaster. If that ever happened, the contents list would help you file an insurance claim.


  • It’s very important that you label each and every box when you pack your things for storage. Labelling your storage boxes properly will save you valuable time as you won’t have to open random boxes inside the storage area to find the item or items you’re looking for.

  • The best way to do this is to use a black marker pen to write the contents of each box on at least two of its sides. You can choose to use a red marker, for example, to mark down any additional crucial information (FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP) to make it stand out.


  • Pack each fragile item individually in packing paper first, then in bubble wrap. By far, this is the best way to approach the packing process.

  • Use extra sheets of bubble wrap for parts that are super delicate – for example, the stems of wine or champagne glasses. Remember that the bubbly material still remains unrivalled when it comes to protecting easily breakable things.

  • Line the bottom of each box with enough padding that will serve as a shock absorber – crumpled paper, bubble wrap, and soft fabrics can all do the job well.

  • Fill in any gaps with crumpled paper or other fillers.

  • Mark all boxes that contain highly-breakable items as FRAGILE.

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