storage tips

Read Our List of Self Storage Tips

  • Make a list of the packing/storing accessories you will need. Commonly used items include newsprint or wrapping paper, bubble-pack, tape, rope, drop cloths, polyurethane sheeting, mattress and furniture covers, pallets, cartons and a lock. We may have many of these items for sale.
  • Make an inventory of your stored items & keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box. To prove ownership, keep proof of purchase documentation like receipts, owner’s manuals or warranties. Or, make a photo or videotaped record of your stored goods. Keep this material in a safe place away from the storage space.
  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods and/or place your storage items on 2×4 boards.
  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
  • Do not lean items against walls. Leaving air space around the unit’s perimeter will aid ventilation. Leave a walkway to the rear of the unit. Disassemble items, such as, bed frames, tables having removable legs, etc.
  • Store small, expensive items like stereos, TV’s, etc. in the back of the storage space in unmarked boxes with pieces of large furniture in front of them.
  • There are some items which should never be placed in a storage unit. They include live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives and all flammable liquids and fuels. Gasoline powered equipment should be drained of fuel before storage.
  • Number the boxes on all four sides, keep a cross reference of their contents at home or in a safe place; seal them with tape. Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 to 30 lbs.
  • Fill containers to capacity. Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items, such as, books or tools should be packed in small boxes.
  • Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on the floor.
  • Take time when packing dishes and glasses. Plates and glasses should be wrapped individually. It’s best to stack plates on edge. Dishes & glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes.
  • Pictures & mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” & stacked on end.
  • Save holiday decoration cartons which contained delicate ornaments. Pad the ornaments with packing paper or newspaper.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc.
  • Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths & clothes.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes & hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust. If you stand mattresses on their side, “prop” them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape & become lumpy.
  • Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Wedge appliance doors open. Always clean your stove before storing.
  • Wipe the surface of bikes, tools and other metal items with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting.
  • Use a good quality disc lock on your door.


Items placed in self-service storage units are the sole responsibility of their owner. They are not insured by the facility operator. If your insurance does not cover stored possessions, check with the facility manager or your local insurance agent about acquiring low-cost insurance coverage for your goods.

How Big of a Storage Unit Do I need?

At Bykerk Southbelt Storage we can offer you suggestions on what size storage unit you may need, but we did put together some guidelines to help you in the storage process.

5X10 Storage Unit -50 sq. ft.

This unit is primarily used to store Household Items & Furniture, such as, Beds, Couches, Chests of Drawers, Chairs, Refrigerators, Washers, Dryers, etc. Also you would be able to store Yard Items like, Lawn Mowers, Garden Tools, Bikes, Motorcycles, Outdoor Furniture, etc.

10X10 – 100 sq. ft.

Typically a unit of this size is ideal for storage of a One-Bedroom apartment without major appliances. It is also convenient for Furniture & Household Items, Shop Tools, Parts, Merchandise, Inactive Files & Records

10X15 – 150 sq. ft.

Offers storage for a One or Two Bedroom apartment or Small House with Major Appliances, Furniture & Household Items.

10X20 – 200 sq. ft.

This unit typically accommodates those customers who are storing Furniture & Household Items, Major Appliances from a Small to Moderate Sized House or an Automobile or Boat.

10X25 – 250 sq. ft.

One of our more spacious units can hold Furniture & Household Items, Major Appliances from a Moderate to Large Sized House, Patio Furniture or a Larger Boat and Trailers.

10X30 – 300 sq. ft.

These units are typically ideal for customers who are storing the contents of larger houses.