How should I store things?
You’ll want to pack your space carefully. Make sure all small items are in a box or plastic container. Leave air space around the outside to help move air. Do not lean items against the walls. It’s good to place a pallet on the concrete floor. You’ll want to place frequently used items near the door and put your valuables away from the door, out of sight. Fill boxes completely because partly filled boxes collapse when stacked. Place heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes or fragile items near the top. Keep upholstery and cardboard boxes off the floor.
Do you need packing supplies?
Remember we sell a wide range of packing materials to meet your needs. Come into our office and we can assist you with boxes and supplies needed to pack.
Organizing to get more in and out of your storage unit…
  • Create a center aisle for access to all items.
  • Use shelving to take full advantage of the room.
  • Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.
  • Store heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
  • Store couches on end except sofa beds.
  • Pack each carton/box completely.
  • Never overpack boxes. Overfilled boxes will topple when stacked.
  • Clean and dry appliances. Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar and use the space inside these items for additional storage.
  • Pack books so they are flat, not standing on end (which may cause damage to the spines). Books are extremely heavy, so don’t pack too many in one box or mix them with fragile items.
What not to store in your self-storage unit.
Do not store flammables, fuels, ammunition, paints, explosives, animals, or perishables. Store at your own risk guns, money, securities, jewelry, furs, paintings and other high-risk valuables.

“Independence Self Storage has been just what I needed. They had everything I needed; boxes to pack my extra stuff in to moving those boxes to their facility. After I placed my stuff in the unit, I was at ease knowing that my extra stuff was being taken care of.”

Jim Kelly

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