Helpful Tips for Packing and Storing Bulky and Odd-Sized Items

You’ve been there before: scratching your head, wondering why some things can be easily tossed in a box for storage, while other items are a complete pain to pack and store. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to make storing and packing your bulky and odd-size items much easier.


Furniture is bulky and takes up a lot of space. If possible, take your tables apart before storing them in a self storage unit. Place the screws, nuts and bolts for each in a zipper bag and tape it to the bottom of the tabletop. Individually wrap the tabletop and legs in blankets or bubble wrap. If you’re unable to disassemble your table, wrap the top in a blanket and store it upside down.

Chests, cabinets and other hard furniture should also be wrapped in blankets to prevent scratches. Don’t forget to use the drawers to store linens, bedding, clothing, picture frames, and even books and CDs. Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space.

Lamps and Light Fixtures

Whenever possible, use bubble wrap to protect your lamps and light fixtures. First, remove the shades; they can be stored individually in boxes. Just mark them “fragile” and remember not to stack heavy cartons on top of them. Then cushion-wrap the bases of your lamps and place them in a box.

China and Glassware

China, glassware and other fragile, breakable items need extra care. Newspaper makes great packing material for delicate items. If you don’t have any, your self storage provider should have packing paper available for purchase. They may also offer specialized cartons that protect your china and glassware from damage with individual cells that protect each item from being crushed or shattered. Every carton containing china and glassware should always be clearly labeled “fragile” and “this side up” with a permanent marker.

Garage and Shed Items

Garages are full of odd-shaped lawn equipment, garden tools and miscellaneous items. Tying garden tools like rakes, shovels and hoes together with a bungee cord or tape makes them easier to carry and store. An empty lawn and leaf-size garbage bag makes an ideal storage container for garden tools. Wrap any leftover, sharp-edged hand-tools in old towels before placing them in a box to avoid puncturing the sides or injuring yourself when you unpack them.

Make sure you empty all oil and fuel from lawn equipment and machinery before storing it in your unit. This includes any item that runs on gas, propane or kerosene, including:

  • Gas grills
  • Lawn mowers
  • Edgers
  • Chainsaws

Also, don’t forget to disconnect the batteries on electrical items before storing them.

Follow the tips we’ve mentioned here, and you’ll be packing and storing your belongings like a pro!

Sentry Storage Solutions offers self storage solutions in the Greater San Diego area and the city of Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please call us or complete the form on this page.

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