Expert Self-Storage Tips and Tricks

No one is born a storage expert, but there’s a good chance that at some point in your life you’re going to need a self-storage unit. Fortunately, expert advice can smooth out the learning curve. Here are several self-storage tips and tricks you can use to save you from hassles and injuries:

Ground Floor, Drive-Up Units

Lifting and lugging heavy items takes a toll on your back. You want to get the job done quickly and easily without hurting yourself. What’s the secret? A self-storage unit with ground floor, drive-up access. Instead of lugging your storage items up steps or trying to cram them into an elevator, you unload them directly into your storage unit and you’re done. It’s the most convenient and simplest solution for storing your belongings!

Dust Prevention

If you’ve stored a piece of furniture in an attic or basement, you know how quickly it can get covered in dust. The same thing can happen in a self-storage unit. That’s why experts apply furniture polish to wooden furniture before storage. A good coating goes a long way toward repelling dust and dirt. Covering items with blankets or furniture pads also does wonders. Use mattress pads to protect mattresses and box springs from dust. Your self-storage partner can help you find the sizes you need.


It’s tempting to pack your self-storage unit to the gills, but doing so makes finding and retrieving items a pain. Choose a self-storage unit that gives you enough room to create aisles between your stored items. If you’re unsure of how much space you need, consult with your self-storage provider; some even offer a handy unit size guide. Don’t forget to make an inventory for your stored items and sketch a map of your storage unit and its contents so you can find items easily.


A common mistake many people make when renting a self-storage unit is packing everything in a box. Don’t fall into this common trap. Instead, pack small items, clothes, towels and linens in furniture drawers. You’ll be surprised at how much space you save!


Nothing is more frustrating than digging through your storage unit to find a box. Well-placed, descriptive labeling makes it easy to find the cartons you need. Storage experts label each box on two adjacent sides with permanent marker. This trick lets you stack boxes on top of each other and still find them.

Use these tips and tricks to make the most of your self-storage experience!

Sentry Storage Solutions offers self-storage solutions to businesses and residents of the Greater San Diego area and Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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