Storing your belongings in a self storage unit is a convenient option when you’re running out of space or going through a transition. Check out our tips and tricks below to get started.

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Pick Your Storage Facility

Finding the right storage facility for you comes down to several factors. These factors include the convenience of the location, overall quality and cleanliness, customer service and security features.

For more tips on identifying a storage facility that meets your needs, visit our Storage 101 guide.

Find the Right Storage Unit Size

Another important aspect when finding a storage unit is choosing a size that meets your needs. With self storage units ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 and larger, Extra Space Storage can accommodate small storage needs or help to store the contents of an entire home. 

Get an in-depth look at the popular storage unit sizes offered, including visuals of packed storage units in our storage unit size guide or download our self-storage size guide infographic

Think About Access

The type of access you’ll need will depend on what you plan to store and how often you plan to visit your storage unit. Drive-up access provides the easiest access and makes loading and unloading simple, while indoor access provides more comfort and the availability of climate control for temperature-sensitive items.

Learn more about drive-up storage and indoor storage.

Consider Climate Control

Climate-controlled storage is recommended for valuable, temperature-sensitive items. If you live in an area where extreme temperatures are common and plan to store wooden furniture, electronics, artwork, media, and other items that are easily damaged by extreme conditions, climate control might be worth it.

Learn more about climate-controlled storage.


How To Prepare For Storage

There’s a lot to consider when renting a storage unit for the first time, especially when preparing your belongings! We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you prepare any items you plan to keep in storage so that they remain safe and intact!

How to Properly Store Items in a Storage Unit

Storing your belongings in a self storage unit is a convenient option when you’re running out of space or going through a transition. Check out our tips and tricks below to get started.



Keep Fragile & Heavy Items Low

This one is pretty simple. Stacking fragile items on top of other items or boxes makes them more likely to fall and break. And storing heavy items higher up will result in boxes underneath giving out and heavy items falling.

Go Vertical

Though fragile items shouldn’t be stacked high, using the height of a storage unit will help maximize your space. Though a storage unit as small as a 5×5 has only 25 square feet of storage space, it has 200 cubic feet to work with.

Utilize Shelves & Storage Furniture

Storing shelves, a dresser, or other items used for storage at home? Put those items to work to help maximize the space in your storage unit! Even something like a garbage bin can be used to store items. Don’t let hollow space go to waste!

Make a Walkway

This one isn’t necessary if you don’t plan to take items in and out of self storage regularly, but especially when using a larger storage unit like a 10×20 or bigger, leaving a small walkway to be able to access items throughout your storage unit can save you a ton of trouble down the road.

Use Wooden Pallets

Using wooden pallets to raise your items off the concrete floor helps keep air flowing throughout the storage unit. This is a great way to avoid moisture buildup that items sitting directly on the floor can experience.

Leave Items You’ll Need Most Near the Front

Know you’ll need something sooner than later? Make sure these types of items are kept near the front of your storage unit so that taking them in and out is as convenient as possible.


How to Choose a Storage Unit

Find out which factors you need to consider when choosing a storage unit!

What You Need to Reserve a Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit is easy! Double check what you need before you reserve self storage!

What Size Storage Unit Do You Need

Sign up for storage insurance to protect the value of your belongings from the unexpected!

How to Pack and Organize Your Storage Unit

Learn how to maximize space in your storage unit plus tips for keeping it organized.

Storage 101

Check out our personal self storage guide for help finding a storage solution that fits any need.

Vehicle Storage

Whether you need personal or commercial vehicle storage, we offer enclosed units and outdoor parking spaces for vehicles of all sizes.

Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Learn about the benefits of using temperature-controlled storage to keep your sensitive items protected from extreme heat or cold.

Find Cheap Storage Units Near You

Check out our cheap storage finder to help you locate a facility near you.