Self Storage Tips

Your Extra Closet: Self Storage Tips

Looking for some self storage tips to get you started on the right foot? Your Extra Closet is your first choice for affordable storage units in Arkansas and Mississippi, and we’ve compiled a list of our top packing and storage tips to help you make the most of the space you are renting. Start your storage journey with Your Extra Closet today!

Self Storage Tips for Finding Space & Packing

Storage Tips

Choose Your Storage Unit 

You have many self storage options in Arkansas and Mississippi. So how do you choose a storage facility—and more specifically storage units—to house your belongings? Start by searching for self storage close to your home, work, business, or regular commutes. You are looking for convenience as much as you are looking for product and service.  

When searching for a storage solution, you must take into consideration what your needs are. If you need to load items from your car, then a drive-up storage container may be the best option. However, if temperature regulation is important to you, then an indoor unit would better suit your needs. Be sure to do your research before making a decision!

Visit Your Extra Closet in Arkansas and Mississippi to start getting your items organized today. Your Extra Closet has 19 total storage facilities, in the greater Mississippi and Arkansas areas. Find storage units in Starkville, MS, Oxford, MS, Paragould, AR, and Jonesboro, AR. Read more about our storage facility’s specific features, and use our storage calculator to figure out what size storage unit you should rent.

Packing and Moving

Packing Tips for Your Boxes 

1. Prep Before Packing

To ensure that your items stay protected while in storage, take care of them as you’re packing them away. Items that are delicate will need more padding to keep them safe throughout transport. Pick up packing and moving supplies at any of our Your Extra Closet offices today! And while you are there, talk with our storage experts to clear up any additional questions you may have before you start renting storage—also check our Self Storage FAQ to see if your question can be answered instantly! It is important to understand the rules and expectations before renting storage.

2. General Packing Rule: Heavy on the Bottom, Light on Top

To avoid crushed items, start packing your heavier belongings at the bottom of each box or storage container, then add lighter items on top.

3. Clean & Cover

Returned items will stay in better condition if they are washed before being stored. To prevent damage or bad smells, cover appliances, tools, and electronics with a cloth so dust doesn’t accumulate over time. Also make sure to get rid of water droplets and germs that could cause the item damage or bad smells later on.

4. Pack Air-Tight to Keep Out Moisture & Pests

Packing airtight is another way to avoid damage. It’s important to learn how to deal with pests and moisture from the start. Antiques, clothing, tech devices, and papers are a few examples of items that would do well in airtight storage containers.

Organizing Garage

Packing Tips for Your Storage Unit 

1. Create an Organized Layout

Storage should make your life more relaxed, not pile on the pressure. For an organized storage unit that is easy to use, start by making a path down the center of your container. This will give you space to grab items stored in any corner of the unit. Then begin grouping similar items together; for example, store winter clothes or large kitchen appliances in the same area. Doing things this way will help you find what you need fast and easily. Finally, keep your most important items near the entrance so they are always within reach.

2. Utilize Your Entire Storage Space

Use all the space you’re paying for by stacking items high. Also, consider installing shelving units if your storage facility allows it.

3. Don’t Store Perishables

So what can’t you store? Perishables like food will go bad quickly, and when they do, they will begin to attract pests. It is best to avoid this altogether by storing these items in your everyday storage space in your home or business. You also cannot store dangerous, flammable items or money. Check out a more complete list from 

Car in Garage

Vehicle Storage Tips 

Long-term storage of a vehicle can save you a lot of space on your property, but it is not as simple as dropping it off and leaving it. Vehicles of all sizes require additional care to give it a better chance of running as smoothly as possible when you need it again. Get its oil changed if you are storing long-term, top off the gas tank to prevent moisture build-up, and add a fuel stabilizer. Then, clean it inside and out—any dirt there will only accumulate over time. Follow more of Edmund’s vehicle storage tips.  

A number of Your Extra Closet storage facilities offer safe and secure outdoor vehicle storage. Call or email any of the storage facilities today to learn more!

Your Extra Closet in Arkansas and Mississippi

Now that you have learned some helpful self storage tips, look to Your Extra Closet in Arkansas and Mississippi for all of your storage needs. With more 19 total storage facilities in Arkansas and Mississippi, Your Extra Closet is your first choice for affordable storage units in the South. Choose from amenities that include convenient drive-up storage units, outdoor parking spaces for personal vehicles, temperature-controlled storage units and more! Additionally, for your security, all storage units are monitored via 24 hour security cameras. Feel secure storing your personal items at Your Extra Closet!