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Storage tips

Minimize Stress with Our Helpful Tips

Arrow R Storage wants you have the best experience possible when moving and storing your items. We have come up with some helpful storage tips to reduce your stress during this process. Get the most out of your storage unit rental in Hailey, Idaho.

Tips for Loading Your Space

We recommend that you rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space until full. "A box for everything and everything in a box" is the best approach. This ensures the protection of your goods. Use boxes of uniformed sizes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.

Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods. Be sure to have the plastic extend a few inches over the walls on each side. Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls. Place lightweight, small items around the back of the storage unit and move large, heavy items into storage last.

Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Protect your mattresses, sofas, and chairs with plastic covers. We also suggest covering the entire load with a light plastic cover. Use a high-quality lock on your storage unit door-cheap locks rust easily. Insure your goods while they are in storage, and keep a list of all items, including pictures and descriptions. Ask the manager about self-storage insurance at reasonable rates.

Space-Saving Packing Tips

Planning ahead makes all the difference when moving. Begin packing a couple of days before you move. Prevent breakage and loss of small or fragile items by packing carefully. Moving time is a great time to weed out old, unwanted, or unneeded possessions — they take up extra storage space.

Additionally, you are going to need plenty of sturdy corrugated cartons, packing paper, sealing tape, and a Magic Marker-type pen. Once you have these supplies, follow our simple packing tips to save you trouble. They will help you avoid damage to your goods and make maximum use of the space in your storage unit.


Tape all appliance doors shut when moving and wedge doors open in storage. Secure all moveable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. Freezers, refrigerators, washers, and dryers make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels, and clothing. Always clean your stove before moving. Be sure to give your utility companies a few days' notice to disconnect appliances.


Strap bed rails together with rope or plastic tape. As you take beds apart, mark or label all pieces so you know what goes together. Place covers on mattresses to keep them clean during moving and storing.


Books get heavy in bunches. To lighten them, pack them in small cartons, restricting weight to less than 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic, and fill any empty spaces with packing paper. Tip: garbage bags work well as liners.


Make your bureau drawers earn their passage as extra packing boxes. Fill them with a few small and fragile items. Sweaters, blankets, and towels make excellent padding.


Go easy on your back. Keep the weight of all packing cartons under 30 pounds. On the side of each carton, list its contents with a marking pen. For load sizing, multiply length x width x height of each carton if that information is not already on the carton.


Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs, and cover them with plastic chair covers.


Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton. This makes it easier for you.


Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each one with packing tissue, and cushion them in the carton with crumpled packing paper. Keep dish packed cartons under 30 pounds for easy handling and safe riding.


Pack glasses carefully. Wrap with tissue and pad with crumpled packing paper, just as you would do with dishes.


Pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases travel securely in bureau drawers, freezers, and washing machines. For safety, pad them well with towels and blankets.