Storage & Packing tips

Storage Tips 101

  • Do not assume that your homeowner's or renter's insurance will cover your belongings while in storage.
  • You may need to purchase separate insurance. Always check with your insurance agent.
  • Make an estimate of the replacement value of each item stored to help with accurate insurance policies in case of unforeseen damage.
  • Invest in good quality sturdy boxes and packing materials because box strength degrades with time.
  • Label all boxes. Label by numbers or description and have the master list separate from your storage space. Label each box on all four sides with numbers. Mark "Fragile" on all boxes with breakables.
  • Be careful when packing with printed newspaper because the ink may smudge off on your belongings.
  • Box everything that you can. Things left unboxed will get dusty.
  • Seal all your boxes with packing tape to help keep dust out of the contents.
  • Leave a small space between the goods stored and the storage unit's walls to allow air to circulate.
  • Clean all furniture, appliances and clothing prior to storing them. Pack everything loosely and cover.
  • If storing wool items, use cedar strips or mothballs to prevent moth damage.
  • Do not stack heavy or folded objects where they could shift or collapse when you move or need access.
  • Leave a path to the rear of the unit to allow easy access to all stored items.

What Not To Store

  • Any goods that are illegal or stolen.
  • Any goods that are explosive, hazardous, perishable or caustic including chlorine, acid, paint, batteries, gasoline or cleaning fluids.
  • Any materials, liquids and aerosols that are flammable, pressurized or toxic that may burst or spill.
  • Food items that could attract rodents or pests.
  • Dirty appliances and Vacuum cleaner bags.
  • Wet items that will cause water damage, mould and mildew.

Getting the Most Out of Your Storage Space

  • Store frequently used items at the front of the unit so you can get to them easily.
  • For security reasons, store valuable items towards the back of the unit.
  • Buying boxes of similar sizes makes it easier to stack them securely and will save you space.
  • Store your seasonal items at the front of the unit where you can get to them easily.
  • Place mattresses and couches in protective covers and store on end.
  • Shelving should be placed against the walls. Boxes and small items should be stored on the shelves.
  • Wrap mirrors and pictures with protective wrap or use special mirror cartons and store them on end.
  • Stack lighter boxes on top of bigger, heavier ones.

Helpful tips on packing and storing that can save you space, time and money!

Self-Storage Tips

Pack and stack carefully. This will minimize the amount of space you’ll need and will prevent damage. Place frequently-used items near the door and valuables in the rear of the unit. Pack heavy items in small boxes to make them easier to carry and place them on the bottom of stacks to prevent any damage to your belongings.


Refrigerators and/or freezers should be thoroughly dried and stored with doors slightly ajar. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored. Avoid storing anything that may potentially attract pests. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances. Some boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers to help save space and money.

Books & Documents
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing materials to fill empty pockets in boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.

Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes & Linens

Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. If the items are too large for a box or cannot be hung, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers, cedar chests or wardrobe-style cardboard cartons along with bedding and linens.

Dishes & Glassware
Place a layer of packing materials inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. Ideally these items should be stored in a specifically designed dish pack box. All glass items should be individually wrapped; nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing materials. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.

Keep upholstery off the floor. Protect furniture by placing a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor. Stand sofas and mattresses on end to save floor space and money. Place a light cotton bed sheet or dust cover on your furniture for protection. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up.
Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Use dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items.

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Haldimand Mini Storage

9 Main Street N

Hagersville, ON N0A 1H0

Service Areas
Port Dover

Haldimand County

Norfolk County

Storage Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Office Hours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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