Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and pack the unit full. Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit. Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference.
If renting a drive up/exterior unit, place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. The concrete floor may become cold and damp. To protect your items cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.
Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
Bonfires and fireworks are great for holidays and weekend festivities but aren’t great coming from a storage unit… please do not store any hazardous, flammable, or toxic materials. Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint), or perishables.
Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
Picture your unit as a life-sized Jenga challenge, to get the best use of your space use strong, similar sized boxes to stack with. Unassemble furniture that is easy to put back together. If you need boxes stop by our office to pick some up today!
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
Wrap It Up
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top. When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end. Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew. Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other. Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes.
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.
Sofas and Loveseats
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas. Stack chairs seat to seat. When stacking furniture use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
Sharp or Heavy Objects
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy. Wrap for protection and elevate off the floor.
Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Purchase the Protection Plan
If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring. Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage.
Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to anyone that is not listed as having access. Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.
The advice on this website is provided as a courtesy for information purposes only. "Storage Tips" are offered as-is and no warranty is expressed or implied. For more information, see Greens Storage "Rules & Regulations."
We offer a variety of sizes to accommodate your storage needs. For vehicle storage, parking units range in size from 10 feet to 50 feet in length and 8 feet to 12 feet in width. To measure your trailer for the size parking unit you need, measure it from front to back (end to end) including the tongue.
Class A Motorhome - An RV with the living accommodations built on or as an integral part of a self-propelled motor vehicle. Models range from 24 to 45 feet in length and 8 ½ feet in width.
Class B Motorhome - Also known as a camping van conversion. These RVs are built within the dimensions of a van, but with a raised roof to provide additional headroom. Basic living accommodations inside are ideal for short vacations or weekend trips. Models range from 16 to 21 feet in length and 6-8 feet in width.
Class C Motorhome - An RV with the living accommodations built on a cutaway van chassis. A full-size bed in the cab-over section allows for ample seating, galley and bathroom facilities in the coach. Models range from approximately 16 to 32 feet in length and 8 to 8 ½ feet in width.
Fifth-Wheel Trailers - Fifth-wheel trailers are designed to be coupled to a special hitch that is mounted over the rear axle in the bed of a pickup truck. These trailers can have one, two or three axles and are the largest type of trailer built. Models range from 22 to 40 feet in length and 8 to 8 ½ feet in width.
Boat Trailers – Boat trailer models range from 4 to 30 feet in length and 4 to10 feet in width. An average boat trailer is 8 feet in width and 16 feet in length.
BACKING UP TIPS FOR YOUR RV OR BOAT
- Turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction that you want the trailer to go. Some people like to place a hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and move it in the direction they want the trailer to turn towards.
- Take your time. Get out and survey the situation. Plan how you want to back the trailer in. Look for obstacles and move anything that is in the way. Don’t forget to look up.
- Have a good spotter. A spotter can help guide you into your space and let you know if you are getting too close to an object or another trailer.
- Have clean and properly adjusted mirrors and use them. Make sure you can see your spotter in your mirrors and monitor them every few seconds.
- Pay attention to the front. It’s very easy to get all caught up in backing and forget what is right in front of the truck.
- Try to always back into spots on the driver’s side. Backing into a spot on the passenger side is called a blind back in and is more difficult, due to limited visibility with the trailer blocking your vision.
Vehicles stored on our properties must be in working condition. No repairs or maintenance may be completed on property. Proof of registration and insurance are also required. The name on the registration and on the lease must match.