Helpful Hints

For the best results when packing your belongings for storage, it's important to plan out how you will organize and protect your items. Here are a few tips:

Plan Ahead

  •  Create an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safety deposit box.
  •  Plan out your storage space. Place any items that you will need to access often in the front. Allow for walkways to you can move around your things in an organized fashion.
  •  Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Make sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 lbs. to 30 lbs.
  •  CAUTION: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.).

Proper Packing

  •  List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal them with tape.
  •  Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
  •  Any dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes.
  •  Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.
  •  Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.

Save Space

  •  Tables with removable legs should be "broken down.”
  •  Sofas and love-seats can be stored on end to save floor space.
  •  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 "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
  •  Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.


  •  Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
  •  Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  •  If you stand mattresses on their side, "prop" them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy when not stored straight.
  •  Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  •  Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  •  Use a good quality lock on your door. Cheap locks rust and do not provide the best security.

If you have any questions about how you should properly store your items, contact or visit Northern Rhode Island Self Storage in Smithfield, RI today!