Storage & Packing Tips

At Keepers Self Storage, we care about the safety of your belongings. Below are a few tips on how to organize and pack to insure a successful move.

  • Store the items you’ll use the most at the front for easy access.
  • Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.
  • To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
  • When storing business files, leave a walkway down the center of your unit to make accessing items easier. 
  • Label boxes on all sides for easy identification.
  • Do not store anything flammable (such as paint or other chemicals) or perishable.

Keepers Self Storage

(212) 333-9336

444 E 10th St New York, NY 10009

Preparation for Your Move

  • Disconnect all appliances.
  • Disassemble all beds and tables.
  • Box-up TVs and stereos.



  • Be sure to use good quality boxes; check with your Keepers Storage location to see if boxes and other packing materials are available to purchase.
  • Place heavy items in small boxes for easy lifting.
  • Fill your boxes completely and securely close them. (Keep boxes
    under 30 lbs for easy lifting)
  • Label the boxes to allow you to identify the contents.
  • Close and securely tape all boxes.

You can purchase a wide variety of packing supplies at any Keepers locations. For your convenience, you can now buy moving supplies online with free delivery.

Helpful tips for Moving and Storage at Keepers Self Storage in New York, NY
Couple taking a selfie in their new house in New York, NY


  • Use a dish-pack or glassware box for greater protection.
  • Wrap each item with protective wrap or foam; place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of the box.
  • Nest cups and bowls, and stand dishes, saucers and platters on edge; wrapped glassware should be packed upright near the tops of cartons.
  • Pack paper into all open spaces to ensure a tight fit.
  • Label all boxes containing glassware; do not place heavy items on top of these boxes.

Holiday Decorations

  • Save the original cartons that contain delicate ornaments.
  • Pad with packing paper.
  • Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard then place in a carton lined with packing paper.


  • Wrap large lamp bases in padding; smaller lamps should be wrapped and placed into boxes.
  • Pack delicate lamp shades separately.
  • Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains.
  • Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.
Storage Tips at Keepers Self Storage in New York, NY

Large Appliances

  • Make sure to thoroughly clean all appliances.
  • A refrigerator or freezer should be clean and dry and stored with its door slightly ajar.
  • Utilize space inside for more storage.
  • Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers.
Family moving with the help of the storage tips from Keepers Self Storage


  • Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand mirrors, pictures, mattresses and couches on end with protective covers over them.
  • 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.
  • Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items.
  • Keep upholstery off the floor.
  • Stack chairs seat-to-seat if possible or place upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled.
  • Do not place heavy items on sofas or mattresses.
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls to aid ventilation.