Storage Tips

There are many things to remember when looking for the optimal storage unit and preparing your items to go in your unit. Whether it be the size of the unit, how to protect your items, or how to pack your storage unit, a lot more goes into the preparation than meets the eye. Below are some things to look out for when preparing to purchase and use a storage unit:

  • Rent just the right amount of space and maximize its usage.
  • Gather all necessary packing supplies such as boxes, tape, markers, and protective materials like foam shipping noodles or bubble wrap.
  • Opt for uniformly sized boxes to facilitate stacking.
  • Create a detailed inventory list of your items, keeping them in a secure location away from the storage unit.
  • Number and label each box comprehensively on all sides before sealing them securely with tape
  • Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest putting only a little in each box).


Protecting Your Belongings

  • Prioritize the protection of your belongings by taking precautions when storing them, such as laying down a protective cover on the floor before placing your items.
  • Avoid storing combustible materials such as paint thinner, paint, solvents, or gasoline.
  • Pack dishes and glasses securely in sturdy boxes and stack them on top.
  • Wrap pictures and mirrors in cardboard, clearly marking them as fragile.
  • Please prevent damage to upholstered furniture by avoiding placing sharp or heavy objects on top and covering them with cardboard or blankets to shield against dust.
  • Avoid any warping to mattresses by having them stand straight.
  • To prevent rusting, wipe any metal items, such as bikes, tools, and metal tables, with machine oil.


Packing Strategies and Techniques

  • Arrange items you may need to access frequently towards the front of the unit.
  • Leave an aisle down the center for easy navigation and a small space between the walls and boxes to allow air circulation.
  • Stack heavier boxes at the bottom and lighter ones on top to prevent damage.
  • Place TVs and electronics towards the rear of the unit for added protection
  • Utilize empty trash cans to store tools like shovels or hoses.
  • Break down furniture with removable legs to save space.
  • Store sofas and loveseats vertically to conserve floor space and wrap cushions in plastic for added protection.
  • Utilize larger appliances as "packaging cases" for blankets or clothes, and utilize furniture with drawers as additional storage for smaller items.
  • Wrap fragile items in tablecloths or blankets to prevent breakage during storage.


At Radiant Storage, we offer an array of options that make storing your belongings in a storage unit feel convenient and safe. Learn more about the benefits of our units, such as climate control and smart technology, and reserve a storage unit with us today!