Self Storage Tips

Tips for storing your belongings whether you're looking to store holiday items from your home or files/furniture for your small business.  

Good Practices:

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. Leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit.

Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference. This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular. When packing boxes fill them without making them too heavy to lift. Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top of the heavier ones. This will prevent boxes from being crushed. Keep boxes off the floor.

Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.

To protect your items cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.

Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. This will save space. Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.

Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.

If it is possible store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat. 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 mirrors and paintings on end, not flat. Pack books flat to protect their spines.

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 breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.

Purchase the insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring.

Keep out of season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.


Danville Self Storage
3550 Camino Tassajara
Danville, CA 94506

office hours

9 AM - 6 PM Monday to Friday

9 AM - 4 PM Saturday

gate hours

6 AM - 9 PM 7 Days a Week


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