Typically you’ll need four small- to medium-size boxes for every one large box. Use the smaller boxes for heavy items like books and dishes; the large boxes for lighter items like bedding, blankets and linens.
Clearly mark boxes that should always be handled and stacked with a definitive top — especially items like glassware, picture frames and lamps that can otherwise easily be damaged when moving into your storage facility.
Many stored items can be made smaller, especially bed frames, to fit everything comfortably in your storage space. Wrap frames together with tape (use the non-sticky side for no tape residue) and place any screws in plastic bags and tape them to the frame.
Good quality packaging tape is essential. You’ll know you got yours from Public Storage when it stays stuck!
Use a heavy black marker to label the contents of every box. You don’t want to be guessing what's inside later, with every box opened and spread across the floor of your storage space!
...until you use garbage bags for storing stuff! Plastic bags get ripped, squished and full of mildew from lack of ventilation. Use boxes and proper packing materials for professional storage results.
You don’t keep your clothes in a pile at home, so why pile them in a box in your storage unit? Use hanging wardrobe boxes. They also work great for drapes and other fabrics that need some TLC and room to breathe.
Packed boxes should not weigh more than you can comfortably lift. Try to make sure the boxes remains “square” and do not bulge at the top or sides in order to keep them stable when stacking in storage.