Packing Tips

Packing Tips


Packing Tips

At Store All we realize that packing your personal items and furniture in order to move into a self storage unit can be very time consuming and frustrating. Therefore, in order to make it easier for you we have put together the following list:


  • Set up an appointment to visit us so that you can select the size unit that suits your needs. 
  • As a rough guide, a 5’ X 8’ unit will store furniture from one bedroom or a small apartment; a 8’ X 10’ unit will store furniture from two bedrooms; and a 8’ X 20’ unit will store furniture from three rooms and so on.
  • Do not forget to ask about our discounts for longer rentals or larger units. We also sell locks for your door and a wide selection of packing materials.
  • Before you start packing give each box a number and record it along with the contents of the box, and decide on a sequence for packing. Then decide on how you will get your items moved to our facility. We will happily give you the contact information of truckers/movers.  


  • Label the boxes on as many sides as possible for easy identification.
  • Colour code boxes e.g. by room or category.
  • Group items together that are normally associated with one another i.e. small kitchen appliances, pots and pans, cutlery and so on.
  • Original boxes for electronics are best. If not pack items separately in bubble wrap.
  • Pack fragile items carefully and fill the extra space in boxes with newspaper to prevent collapsing and to stop breakage.
  • Seal the boxes with packing tape.
  • Fill suitcases and bags with clothing, sheets, towels and so on.
  • Do not place sharp or heavy items on top of upholstered furniture as this may lead to damage.
  • Use the inside of appliances for extra storage and leave the fridge door wedged open to provide circulation.
  • Pack books in small boxes lined with plastic and fill the empty spaces with newspaper.
  • Don't overload boxes with heavy items such as books.
  • Hang clothes on non-rusting hangers.
  • Tie bed frames together and package all the small pieces together and label them.
  • Wrap paper around chair legs and cover the seats with plastic.
  • Place small items in desk and dressing table drawers.
  • Wrap paintings and mirrors carefully and do not store them flat.
  • Consider purchasing covers for your mattresses and furniture (available at Store All’s office).
  • Pack glassware and dishes with foam or wrap individually with bubble wrap. At the very least wrap them with newspaper. However, don't use newspaper on items that can't be cleaned as the ink smears easily.
  • Pack each lamp shade in its own box with padding.
  • Don't pack candles as they melt.
  • Practice safe lifting techniques, such as bending your knees.
  • Do a basic drawing showing the location of items that you will need to find easily, and stick it to the wall of the storage unit.


Although we have a contract with a leading pest control company, to keep our facility free of rodents and insects we also need your help and co-operation

  • If possible store your items in plastic, sealed containers instead of cardboard boxes to prevent rodents from nesting inside. 
  • Clean all items that you plan to store before packing. 
  • Do not leave crumbs or food remnants inside of kitchen appliances. 
  • Do not store perishable food items as they will attract pests.
  • Before placing items in your unit, thoroughly inspect them to ensure that pests are not hiding in the boxes or items. 
  • Store boxes on a pallet to stop pests from finding refuge underneath them.
  • Regularly check your unit for signs of pests.


  • Stack boxes of equal size to shoulder height. Place heavy items at the bottom to form a stable base.
  • Use shelving.
  • Leave space down the centre of the unit so that all items can be accessed. Turn the boxes so that you can read the labels on them.
  • Leave a little space between the items stored and the walls of the storage unit to provide ventilation. Wooden pallets can also be used to provide ventilation.
  • Place smaller, lighter items at the back of the storage unit and larger, heavier items to the front.
  • Place frequently used items to the front. 
  • If possible take apart tables and beds. Apply furniture oil to wooden pieces before storing.
  • Place couches on end to maximize space.





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