Storage & Moving Tips

Make relocating a breeze with moving supplies from Tysons Self Storage in Vienna, Virginia. We have a complete line of discounted boxes and packing supplies.

Packing Tips to Make Your Move Smooth

1. Use plenty of shock absorption for fragile items—newspaper, packing paper, and Bubble Wrap™.
With dishes, stack in boxes like in the dishwasher, not on the shelf. If a crack does occur, it won't travel
through a whole stack.
2. Tape all three seams on the bottom and the top of your boxes. Double tape the bottom.
3. Keep heavier items, such as books, CDs, and dishes, in smaller boxes. Use small, small-deluxe, or tote
boxes for books—each takes about a shelf of books. Use medium boxes for kitchen items and dishes.
4. Our china barrels are double-strength cardboard for protection, which is great for overseas moves—
remember to check with your movers about who is responsible if damage occurs when you pack your
own boxes.
5. Bubble Wrap™ all frame edges and glass sides of your artwork and mirrors.
6. Avoid wrapping your furniture in tight plastic. Use old sheets or paper pads (4'x6', $2.00) to keep dust
down. You may want to let your furniture breathe. Remove plastic dry cleaner's bags before placing clothes
in wardrobes. Use hard plastic storage tubs and trunks or packing boxes for clothes.

Moving & Storing Tips

1. Load your larger items first (especially those that need to be directly on the floor—dining room tables and china cabinets,
heavy desks, workout equipment, appliances, etc.). Arrange so that they use the smallest footprint possible to save space.
Load smaller items on top, under and around these larger items. Stack as high as possible (we have stepladders you can borrow) to use the full 10' high ceilings. You stack, you save.
2. Load items last that you'll need during your stay, near the unit door.
3. Leave heavier boxes at the bottom of the unit. You can stack four to five boxes high, depending on size
and how accessible you need them to be. Install freestanding shelves to increase your use of the 10' high ceilings.
4. Plan to leave about half the unit free for aisles if you need lots of access to most of your goods during your stay. When lifting, use the strength in your legs rather than your back.
5. Drain all hoses when storing washers. Avoid storing any food, liquids (including paint) or flammables (such as gas cans—full or empty).

Eliminate unnecessary stress when it's time to relocate, with our helpful moving tips.
Item (length x width x height)
Price (all prices include sales tax)
Small box - (20" x 10" x 13")
Fits about a shelf of books
Small Deluxe Box - (18.25" x 12.25" x 12.25")
Wider dimension perfect for hardcover books
Medium Box - (18" x 16" x 16")
Great for dishes, glasses, pots and pans
Large Box - (24" x 18" x 18")
Good for sweaters, clothes, linens
Extra Large Box - (24" x 18" x 24")
Good for pillows, blankets, comforters, lamp shades
China Barrel - (18" x 18" x 28")
Double strength cardboard for protection
Small Tote/File Box - (15" x 12" x 10")
Letter or legal files, small breakables—separate lid
Supertote Box - (23" x 15" x 12")
Handles make it great for dishes, glassware
Small Mirror/Picture Box - (62" x 3.5" x 24")
Length adjusts from minimum of 31" to maximum 62"
Large Mirror/Picture Box - (50" x 3.5" x 40")
Length adjusts from minimum of 25" to maximum 50"
Large Wardrobe Box - (24" x 19" x 48")
Store about 30" of closet space on 24" hanging bar
Packing Supplies
Tape - (2" x 55 yards)$3.00
Tape Dispenser$9.50
Packing Paper - (24" x 30")
                         1 pound = 16 sheets
                         25 pounds = approx. 400 sheets

Bubble Wrap - (24" x 10 feet)$3.00
Paper pads—three ply - (48" x 72")$2.00
Lightweight Moving Blanket - (48" x 70")$11.00
Heavyweight Moving Blanket - (72" x 80")$15.00
Sure Grip Cotton Gloves—one size fits all$2.95
Utility Knife—eight snap-away blades$1.50
Permanent Ink Marker—waterproof ink/multi-size tips$1.45
Padlock—solid brass, 2 keys - (1 ¾")$7.50

Tysons Self Storage
8608 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: 703-821-3232
Phone: 703-759-5400 Reston/Great Falls