Cross Road Storage, North Dartmouth, MA self storage

Storage Tips

A manager at Cross Road Storage will be happy to help you select the right packing supplies you will need to protect your possessions while in storage. Items such as plastic sheeting, bubble wrap, tape and boxes are available for purchase at Cross Road Storage.

Fill Containers to Capacity

Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Protect fragile goods with packing and place them near the top of your storage space.

Pack the Storage Space Carefully

Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Place a pallet on concrete floors and do not lean items against walls. Leave a pathway to the rear of the storage space for easy access. Use all the space available including the height and place frequently used goods near the door.

Prohibited Storage Goods

Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishable items, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials or other items that require a controlled environment.


A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly open. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.

Metal Items

To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Books and Documents

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

Bedding, Clothing, Curtains and Linens

Clothing and curtains should be stored on hangers and then packed in hanging cartons. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.

Dishes and Glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. 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. Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.


Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. 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. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables that cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton dust cover (e.g. a bedsheet) dust cover on your furniture.

Mirrors, Windows and Screens

These items should be stored on edge, not flat.