Storage Tips When Moving


North River Road Storage
March 22nd, 2024

moving and storage units
Moving to a new home can be an exhilarating adventure, but the logistics can be overwhelming. Besides the physical task of getting all your possessions to a new location, there's the issue of timing – sometimes, the next step isn't immediately clear. That's where storage facilities come in. Choosing and utilizing a storage unit to its fullest potential can be the difference between a smooth transition and a stressful one. But how do you ensure that your valuables are safely tucked away? In this exhaustive guide, we've put together expert-tailored storage tips to make your storage experience a secure and manageable process.

Choosing the Right Storage Unit

The first step in your storage journey is choosing the perfect unit. Here are the factors to consider:


Choose unit close to your new home, reducing the logistics and travel time. Consider the distance and accessibility when you're deciding between a suburban box or an urban depot. North River Road Storage is conveniently located in Eugene, Oregon.

Various Sizes

Size up your belongings to find a storage unit that's just right. Too small, and you're cramming; too big, and you're wasting money on unused space.


Your unit's security isn't something to compromise on. Look for features like monitored access, security systems, and even 24/7 security staff presence. Check that your storage unit has the proper security features to keep your items safe.

Packing and Labeling Strategies

Strategic packing now will save you time and hassle later. Here's how to approach it:

Group Similar Items Together

Packing with a plan will make organizing your unit a walk in the park. Group items by room or category, so you know where everything is at a glance.

Label Your Items

Labeling ensures that you can easily find what you need when the time comes. A simple label can prevent a major unpacking session down the line.

Maximizing Space Efficiency

In a storage unit, space is money. Save both with these space-saving tips:

Store Vertically

Stacking is important! Rut remember to place heavier items at the bottom to avoid crushing. You should also place items that are less important on the bottom.

Disassemble Large Furniture

Take apart items like tables and bed frames to make the most of your unit's height and volume. Just be sure to keep all the screws and bolts in a labeled box!

Climate Control and Protection

Some items need a little extra care. Not all items do so plan on only looking for a unit that is climate controlled when you really need it.

The Right Temperature

Certain materials can deteriorate in extreme temperatures, so a climate-controlled unit might be necessary for items like electronics, artwork, and instruments.

Keeping Uninvited Guests Away

Pests can destroy your items. Cedar blocks or sachets, as well as frequent checks, can keep them at bay. Metal and glass containers can also prevent critters making a meal of your keepsakes.

Transportation and Loading Tips

Loading a storage unit is like playing a real-life game of Tetris. Here's how to win:

Protect Your Items During Transportation

Wrap your items securely to prevent damage on the road. Blankets, bubble wrap, and unprinted newspaper are your allies here.

Use a Dolly

Moving heavy items can be dangerous for you and damaging to your items. A dolly can help you maneuver without the muscle strain. You can rent dollies at Home Depot.

Accessibility and Inventory Management

Knowing what's in your unit is half the battle! Stay organized with these tips:

Easy Access

Put frequently needed items near the entrance and stack less-accessed items towards the back and top.

Keep a Log

A simple checklist or a storage inventory app can be game-changing. Note the condition of items as you store them and check off when you take them back out. Also, make sure to label all of your boxes.

Drive Up Storage

Many storage facilities do not have drive up storage. This can be very inconvenient when you are accessing your unit frequently. North River Storage has drive up storage for easy access of your belongings and efficiency.

Storage during a move can be a means to an end—or a valuable asset. Ensure a successful storage experience by following these comprehensive tips. From selecting your unit to packing and accessing your items, a little effort upfront can lead to a smooth move overall. With these strategies in hand, you'll soon find that your items, like you, are settling into their new home just fine. Remember, a well-kept storage unit is not just a place of refuge for your things – it's a reflection of your planning and care.

North River Storage provides storage units in Eugene, Oregon. Our storage units are available in a variety of sizes from 5x4’ to 10x20’. You can book a unit online or give us a call at (541) 502-3302.

North River Road Storage
68 Oroyan Ave, Eugene, OR 97404
(541) 670-8308