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Your Self Storage Shopping List: What to Buy to Be Self Storage Ready

Making the move into a self storage unit? We don’t blame you. Self storage is a convenient solution for a variety of storage problems—everything from moves, to estate sales, to simply freeing up space in your home.
But do you have everything you need to make sure your move into self storage goes smoothly? We’ve created a simple shopping list for you that includes several of the most important things you’ll need to buy to be ready for your big move.

Here’s your list:

Boxes. You’ll probably need more boxes than you think. If funds are tight, try borrowing used boxes from friends and family. Otherwise, invest in sturdy moving boxes of your own. Be sure to get a variety of sizes!
Tape. Packing tape gets used up quickly. Get two or three rolls so that you don’t have to keep passing the same roll back and forth between packers.
Masking tape. Masking tape gives you a good background for labeling your boxes.
Markers. Thick markers are a necessity for labeling your boxes clearly. You need to be able to easily see what’s inside each box.
Bubble wrap. Bubble wrap has many uses, not the least of which is serving as padding for fragile items.
Packing peanuts or newspaper. To keep the contents of your boxes from sliding around (and possibly getting damaged) during the move, fill the empty space with packing peanuts or crumpled up newspaper.
Dolly. A dolly could be a life saver (and a back saver) during a move. If you don’t want to buy one, you can probably rent one from a moving van company.
Gloves. Cardboard boxes can wreak havoc on your hands. Get a thick pair of gloves for protection.
strong>Furniture pads. These will protect your floors as you move large pieces of furniture.
Dust rags and all-purpose cleaner. Do yourself a favor and dust or clean items before packing them. This will help make sure that your items are still in good condition when it’s time to pull them out of self storage.
Blankets, sheets, or other furniture coverings. You’ll want to cover your furniture pieces while they’re in storage, to prevent them from getting dirty. Be sure to get mattress bags, too!
A bonus item on your shopping list: the right storage center. You want to find a facility that is convenient to your location, offers top notch security, and has the right size unit to meet your needs. You should also consider whether or not any of the items you are storing require a temperature controlled unit.
With any luck, you’ll be ready for your move into your storage unit with just one shopping trip. Happy packing!
Arizona Storage Centers brings safe, reliable storage solutions to the Phoenix area. We have centers in Gilbert, Chandler, Deer Valley, Glendale, and Phoenix, and we offer advanced security solutions and customer service that makes us a cut above the rest. Come see for yourself at one of our centers, or give us a call at 480-386-6022 for more information.

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