Self Storage, Packing, & Organization Tips

At Extra Space Storage, we move, pack, and store like it’s our job…because it is! And we want to share some tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years to make moving and storing easier for you. From storage tips like choosing the right storage unit to the best ways to pack and move, dive into the information below to make sure that you’re ready for whatever transition is ahead!

Self Storage Tips

If you’re looking for storage advice, Extra Space Storage is the expert you can count on! We can help you choose the best storage unit size, understand the benefits of different types of self storage, and know what items can and can’t be stored.

Storage 101

Before you put your things in storage, there’s are some important information you should know! Our Storage 101 page will help you understand which types access are available at storage facilities across the country, why people use storage, and more.

Storage Unit Size Guide

If you’re asking yourself “What storage unit size do I need?” look no further! Our size guide provides visual examples of what can fit into common storage units ranging in size from 5×5 to 10×30 to help you confidently choose the right storage unit for you.

Safe Storage Tips

What can’t be stored in a self storage unit? While the list isn’t long, there are some items that are too dangerous to store. Take a couple minutes to identify items that shouldn’t be brought to the facility.

Storage Insurance

Learn about the benefits of using self storage insurance through Extra Space Storage.

Secure Storage

Keeping your belongings safe is our priority. Learn more about the security measures taken at Extra Space Storage locations across the nation to keep your things secure and provide you with peace of mind.

Get More Space at Home

In general, recreational vehicles can measure anywhere between eight and 40 feet in length, eight to 15 feet in height, and seven to ten feet in width. Unfortunately, this often means storing an RV at home is out of the question. Your RV may be too tall to keep in a garage or too wide/long to keep in your driveway. Even if your RV does fit in your garage or driveway, it can get in the way of vehicles you use more frequently. Renting self storage can help you get more space in a garage or driveway.

Avoid HOA Fees

Many residential areas have neighborhood covenants established by homeowners’ associations that determine what can and cannot be kept outside of a home for extended periods of time. A common rule among neighborhoods is that homeowners aren’t allowed to keep RVs in driveways or on the street. If you can’t store a recreational vehicle in a garage and want to avoid costly HOA fees, vehicle storage is a good alternative.

Use Storage for Easier Travel

If you only use your RV for road trips or weekend getaways, it might be worthwhile to find a convenient self storage facility near the highway, interstate, or your favorite outdoor recreation spots. That way, you can avoid hauling your camper back and forth or parking it at home.

Packing Tips

Now that we’ve covered self storage, it’s time to think about packing. Here, we cover how to pack for storage and how to organize a storage unit, as well as how to pack common household items.


How To Pack a Storage Unit

Use this guide to keep the packing process simple and stress free. We cover how to box items, moving truck tips, how to maximize your space in the self storage unit, and more!

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Packing Tips for Common Household Items

Use the resources below to effectively pack items around your home:


Packing Supplies

If you’re in need of packing supplies, Extra Space Storage has you covered! We sell items you’ll need while moving or preparing items for storage, including boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, locks, and more.

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Storage Unit Organizing Tips

Of course, we’ll provide some tips for organizing a storage unit, including┬áhow to store your furniture, but we’re experts on much more than that. Use the resources below to stay organized!


Holiday Storage Tips & Tricks

The key to putting away and storing holiday decorations is to take the decorations down in reverse order. The things you took out and put up last should be put away first, and vice versa.

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Photo Organizing & Decluttering Tips

Are you one of those people who has made a New Year’s resolution to organize and declutter? If you did, the seemingly endless winter evenings of February are a great time to go through your family photos. Determine which photos can be stored in a storage unit or closet and which you would like to display in a family photo album or digital slideshow.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Why do people always assume that spring is the best time for cleaning? The reason is simple: storage rotation. In many parts of the world, the seasons are about to change dramatically, and that means pulling stuff out of self storage. It encompasses everything from seasonal wardrobes to seasonal tools, such as lawnmowers and gardening tools.

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Self Storage How-Tos

At Extra Space Storage, our goal is to make the process of storing your items as simple as possible. If you’re wondering how to store certain items is, check out our helpful how-to’s!

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Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 1,600 self-storage properties in 35 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company’s properties comprise approximately 750,000 units and over 80 million square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 1,600 properties across the country.