6 Tips for Storing Your Student Dorm Room

Student life isn’t easy, but at least you can say goodbye to a few months of stress by moving off-campus at the end of the semester! But before you go, don’t forget to safely put your belongings in a storage unit so they are just the way you left them by the time you return. 

Not sure where to start? Here are six essential tips for storing and safekeeping various belongings in a storage unit

1. Books 

You spent a pretty penny on those textbooks, and they should be packed, transported, and stored with care. Books should stay upright or flat on their sides, or their spines may be damaged from improper storage. 

In terms of protecting the books during transport and storage, plastic sleeves are ideal for those rare, prized first editions, and plastic bins are also great for protecting against the elements. 

Moreover, always make sure to store books separately in a smaller box. Otherwise, these books can be too heavy to lift.

2. Bedsheets and towels

Moisture is your number one enemy when it comes to storing bed sheets and towels. As a first step, make sure everything is completely dry before it’s packed away for the summer. 

Similar to protecting the books, plastic bins provide a sealed barrier against the elements and keeps your dry fabrics mildew-free in storage. 

As a final touch, mothballs are great for protecting your fibers against cloth-eating insects during the summer months that you are gone.

3. Laundry hamper 

Laundry hampers are a delicate essentials to any dorm dorm, so it’s important to place your collapsible laundry hamper on top of your belongings so they won’t get crushed. If it isn’t collapsible, you can stack them on top of eachother to save some room.

4. Electronics

Before storing your electronics, make sure all batteries are removed. Batteries can leak if they are not used for a long time, which can damage the appliance in the long run. Next, pack all appliances in the original packaging if possible. If not, packing peanuts offer great protection, especially during transport. Taking the time to cover your screens with a cloth will protect them from the elements during storage as well. Plus, as a bonus, it will protect your gaps and vents from being clogged with dust. 

During moving, make sure to keep them at the top of the moving pile due to the electronics’ fragile nature. As well, keeping the electronics on top keeps them from getting damaged by moisture during storage.

Finally, temperature and humidity will play a huge role in the longevity of your gadgets, so it’s worthwhile to make sure it’s stored somewhere shady and cool.

5. Pictures frames and mirrors 

Picture frames can be scratched during transport and can be damaged by moisture during storage, so packing it in bubble wrap offers great protection for both problems.

During transport, avoid placing anything heavy on top of your picture frames or mirrors. No matter how light, the weight is still capable of damaging your fragile belongings.

When sorting in a storage unit, avoid placing glass frames or mirrors directly on the ground. Old blankets or thick cardboard are a good way to protect the glass from scratching or shattering. Otherwise, cold or rough surfaces from the concentrate may also cause the glass to crack. 

6. Dishes

Much like picture frames, dishes are delicate and need proper protection. Make sure to wrap everything in paper when packing – plenty of paper. Packing bowls and plates on their sides in boxes provides adequate protection from chipping and shattering during transport and storage. 

Still paranoid about your dishes’ integrity during transport? Specialty dish boxes with individual compartments for glassware give protection while in transport and storage. Finally, not all glassware and ceramics were made equally, so make sure to store your most fragile utensils at the top of the pile. 

With the six essential moving tips above, all that’s left to do is to book a van and set a date to temporarily move your well-packed belongings into a storage unit. Unofficially, we think it’s the most fun to do with your best buds – though they might take a little bit of convincing with a large pizza and fizzy drinks on a hot summer day. After that, it’s time to kick your feet up and let the summer adventures begin!

At U-Lock Mini Storage, we have storage facilities across Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Our facilities include self storage Victoria, self storage Parksville, self storage Nanaimo, self storage Burnaby, self storage White Rock and Surrey, and self storage Chilliwack. Contact us if you have any questions!

College Student Storage Solutions

Back to School: College Student Storage Solutions

You have officially graduated from high school and now it is time for you to prepare to embark on a new journey in life. As you get ready to venture off to your first year of college, you are also preparing for the biggest challenge of them all, living on your own. Over the next 4+ years, you will probably move more than you ever had before. As you move from dorm to apartment, it is important to remember that every square foot counts. That is why it is essential you plan a proactive approach to your organization and storage because whether you realize it or not, storage will play a huge role during your college years. But have no worries, U-Lock Mini Storage has the solutions to all your student storage needs…

1. Make your checklist.

  • What you need to bring.
  • What large items or appliances you need.
  • What extra storage you may need.
  • How the room should be set up to optimize space.

2. Declutter.

First, you may start off with a few things, like some clothes, a computer and printer, toiletries, maybe a mini fridge or TV, but then you will start accumulating textbooks and school supplies and memorabilia, all the while, trying to adjust to sharing a small space with possibly one or more roommates. When space starts to run out, it is a good idea to begin to plan for the next semester. Make two lists: “Keep” and “Declutter.” The first list should include all the items you will need for the following semester, and the other should include a list of all the items you have decided you no longer need or want to keep.

Domain idea for students
  • Sell your old textbooks. When the textbooks start to pile up, sell or donate them before starting the new semester.
  • Donate or throw away those old clothes taking up unnecessary room in your closet. Donate them to charities or look for a donation box around campus.
  • Sell or donate what you no longer want or need, such as furniture, appliances, or sporting equipment, to name a few. Inquire with your student union for any bulletin boards or online University group pages or forums you may post on to sell your items.
  • Don’t procrastinate, if you have anything that is broken, damaged or old,
    let it go!

3. Get a storage unit.

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Instead of trying to cart all your belongings back home and trying to clear enough space for them for just a few months, inquire with your local storage provider about getting a storage unit. Storage units can solve the problem of clutter and are a great option to keep all your worldly possessions safe without the hassle. If you are a student on a budget, look for a heated storage provider that offers a month-to-month lease and has top-notch security. Do not forget to declutter and organize your items first, otherwise, before you know it, your unit will be full of items you will not know what to do with. Store only what you know you will need for the following year.

So, what size storage unit will be ideal for a student? We recommend either a 5×5 or 5×10 storage unit:

  • 5×5 units are equivalent in size to a small closet and are recommended for boxed personal effects, books, seasonal clothing, or 3-5 loads in a standard sedan trunk.
  • 5×10 units are equivalent in size to a walk-in closet and are recommended for extra office furnishings, furniture, sports equipment, bicycles, mattresses, appliances, or 1-2 loads in a standard cargo van.

4. Organize your space.

Try to assess your new space before buying storage and organization items. If you can, give yourself a few weeks to adjust and establish a routine so you can better plan how to maximize your space.

Here are some of our storage solutions to help you plan ahead and easily maximize your living space to make your life a little easier:

Vertical space

  • Over-the-door storage shelves are easy to install and provide plenty of storage to keep your floors and countertops clutter-free. Customize them with different sizes of baskets to store your shoes, toiletries, hats, socks, and even food.

Wall space

  • Bulletin boards, cubby shelves, wire baskets, and adhesive hooks can be used to hang things like jewelry, coats, bags, and umbrellas to keep your desk clear for studying.

Closet Space

  • Hanging closet organizers are a great way to keep your closet organized and tidy with different compartments to store your folded sweatshirts, pants, towels, hats, shoes, and accessories.
  • Tension rods are an inexpensive solution that can be used in a variety of ways. Use them inside your closet or small spaces around your place to create additional storage to hang clothes, charge chords, belts, and shoes.

Under the bed

  • Bed risers lift your bed off the ground to create valuable storage space for plastic storage bins, boxes, or drawers. If you are feeling self-conscious about your under bed storage, you can add a bed skirt to your bed to hide it.


  • Clip lights can be used to replace floor and desk lamps to free up additional living space. Attach them to bookshelves, headboards, or overhead shelves.

Check out this list of schools near U-Lock Mini Storage facilities

U-Lock Mini Storage
1270 Alberni Hwy, Parksville, BC

U-Lock Mini Storage
4388 Wellington Rd, Nanaimo, BC

U-Lock Mini Storage
1621 Island Hwy, Victoria, BC

U-Lock Mini Storage
15028 32nd Avenue Surrey, BC

U-Lock Mini Storage
4240 Manor St, Burnaby, BC