3 Storage Unit Tips for Seniors

As a person gets older, they may need to downsize their home and find a place to store those belongings they don't want to get rid of but don't necessarily want to keep on hand. This is where a storage company comes in. They can provide you with a safe, secure unit to store your belongings away from home. Below, discover a few senior-specific tips to getting the most out of your storage unit.

A Senior's Guide to Storage

1. Minimize Hazards

As you pack boxes for storage, maintain your safety. Packing boxes is never a quick process, so give yourself time and do not rush. Make sure there are wide, clear, accessible paths between boxes to avoid tripping.

This is especially important if you use an assistive device like a cane or walker. Take frequent breaks so you don't tire yourself out. Instead, set small packing goals for each part of the day, like getting one box or one closet packed up, and sit down and take a rest afterward.

2. Pack Heavier Items in Plastic Tubs

Plastic tubs are easier to handle and transport than cardboard boxes. They often have snap-on lids that you click into place, so you can be confident that each tub is tightly sealed. They also tend to be easier to grip, with built-in handles or effortlessly graspable sides.

If you have arthritis or another issue that makes it difficult to grab or hold objects, plastic tubs can be a lifesaver. Their clear construction makes stored items readily visible as well, which comes in handy if you need to visit the storage company to quickly retrieve items from your unit.

3. Prioritize Accessibility

When loading boxes and tubs into the unit, remember to make each one as accessible as possible. Build short stacks around the perimeter first. Then, if you need more space, create rows down the middle, with enough room to safely navigate between these rows.

Never stack more than three or four boxes/tubs, and place heavier ones on the bottom of the stacks. Storage companies usually have units in a variety of sizes, so choose one that is slightly larger than you think you'll need. This will ensure some extra space for navigation and comfort.


When you're looking for a dependable storage company in the Cincinnati, OH, or Tri-State area, trust Jeffers Moving & Storage Company, LLC. Since 1921, they have been providing moving and storage services for jobs large and small. They specialize in fine furniture and antique handling, and they offer a selection of moving supplies as well. Call (513) 232-9131 or visit them online to request a storage quote.