The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Your Storage Unit

Posted on November 29, 2023 at 10:00 am

Moving items into a storage unit can be a time-consuming and stressful process. With all the packing, organizing, and logistics involved, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. At Attic Plus Storage, a locally owned and family-operated self-storage business in the Greater Birmingham, AL area, we understand the challenges that moving entails and are dedicated to helping you with a seamless storage experience.

To simplify your storage journey, we’ve put together the ultimate checklist to guide you through every stage of moving your belongings into a self-storage unit. This comprehensive list will cover essential tasks, such as decluttering your home, determining the right storage unit size, gathering packing supplies, and effectively organizing your stored belongings. Additionally, we’ll discuss the best practices for moving day, ensuring that your items are transported safely and securely into your storage unit.

By following this step-by-step checklist, you can enjoy a stress-free moving experience and be confident that your items are properly stored and protected at our secure, climate-controlled facilities. No matter the size or scope of your storage needs, Attic Plus Storage is committed to providing top-notch customer service and the ideal storage solutions for our clients in the Greater Birmingham, AL area.

Now, let’s help you prepare for your stress-free moving and storage journey.

1. Declutter and Take Inventory of Your Belongings

The first step in your storage journey is to declutter your home and determine which items you will be storing. This process will help you save space and time by only packing and storing items that you genuinely need. Follow these steps for an efficient decluttering process:

  • Sort through your belongings and categorize them into groups such as keep, store, donate, or dispose.
  • Take a detailed inventory of the items you plan to store. This will help you visualize the amount of space you will need and can serve as a reference when selecting a storage unit size.
  • Donate or dispose of unwanted items responsibly.

2. Determine the Right Storage Unit Size

Once you have decluttered and taken inventory of your belongings, it’s time to determine the most suitable storage unit size for your needs. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide:

  • Review your inventory and estimate the amount of space your belongings will occupy.
  • Consider any future storage needs you may have, such as seasonal items or additional furniture.
  • Consult with the storage professionals at Attic Plus Storage for expert assistance in choosing the best unit size for your unique requirements.

3. Gather Your Packing Supplies and Organize Your Items

Now that you’ve decluttered and chosen a storage unit size, you’ll need to gather the necessary packing supplies to ensure your items are properly protected and organized. Here’s a list of essential packing supplies to consider:

  • Sturdy boxes and plastic totes in various sizes
  • Packing tape and a tape dispenser
  • Bubble wrap and packing paper for fragile items
  • Permanent markers for labeling boxes
  • Plastic wrap or furniture covers for large items

Once you have your packing supplies, begin packing your belongings in an organized manner. Some tips for efficient packing include:

  • Clearly label your boxes with their contents and the room they belong in.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes to avoid overloading and make them easier to carry.
  • Place fragile items in bubble wrap or packing paper to protect them during transportation and storage.

4. Plan and Execute Your Moving Day

With your belongings packed and organized, it’s time to plan and execute your moving day. Here are some tips for a smooth and stress-free moving experience:

  • Coordinate logistics, such as renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company.
  • Assemble a moving day toolkit, including essential tools and supplies like a utility knife, scissors, measuring tape, and extra packing tape.
  • Enlist help from friends or family members, or hire professional movers to ensure a smooth process.
  • Take advantage of moving equipment, such as dollies or hand trucks, to make transporting heavy items easier.

5. Arrange and Organize Your Storage Unit

Finally, it’s time to arrange and organize your belongings within your storage unit. Follow these steps for effective and efficient organization:

  • Begin by strategically placing larger or heavier items, like furniture and appliances, towards the back of the unit.
  • Stack boxes and containers on top of one another, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
  • Create aisles for easy navigation and access to your stored items.
  • Keep a detailed list of the items stored in your unit, including their locations, to streamline the retrieval process.


By following this comprehensive checklist, you can ensure a seamless and stress-free moving and storage experience. Remember to declutter, take inventory, determine the right storage unit size, gather packing supplies, plan your moving day, and organize your storage unit effectively. With some planning and organization, you can enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained self-storage unit, knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.

At Attic Plus Storage, we’re committed to providing our clients in the Greater Birmingham, AL area with secure, affordable, and convenient storage solutions. Whether you’re in need of a small storage unit for personal items or a large space for your belongings, our climate-controlled facilities have the perfect solution for your storage needs.

Start your smooth moving journey today! Contact the storage experts at Attic Plus Storage to find the ideal storage solution for your needs.

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