5 Storage Facility Packing & Stacking Tips From the Experts

Young couple carrying big cardboard box out of home. Moving items to storage.

You’ve found the perfect place to store your treasured items. Now, you can’t wait to bring everything over to your newly rented storage unit! To get you started, our friendly Thousand Oaks storage facility consultants have some advice. These tips will help you make the things you love storage-ready and easy to retrieve when you need them.

Here are the top five things to keep in mind as you pack your belongings at home and start organizing them inside your storage unit.

Packing for Storage


Label Everything

You can use the standard titles like “kitchen items,” “shirts,” etc… or spice things up a bit with descriptions such as “stuff from the bathroom”. Regardless of your label preferences, just make sure to give everything a name. You might think you’ll remember that the green tote on the very bottom meant summer clothes. But you could kick yourself later when you can’t remember if green meant Christmas decorations or swimsuits.

You don’t have to use a fancy label maker. Avery labels that you’d use for sending mail and packages work great for labeling boxes, bags, tubs and more. Trusty masking tape and a Sharpie work well too. Paint it, stencil it, carve it with scissors… just label it.

Wall with boxes labeled and ready for storage

Use Your Drawers!

No, not THOSE kinds… the drawers in your furniture. Drawers make excellent storage spaces for smaller items or even oddly shaped pieces that don’t fit in other boxes. Remember to label these drawers as well. This way, you don’t have to go through everything to find that the pink pelican swimsuit you were looking for was in that green tote instead.

Get the Right Packing Materials

The right packing materials make all the difference in protecting your belongings during transport to your storage unit and for stacking once you’re there. Consider using sturdy boxes or plastic tubs to pack your dishes. Bubble wrap is excellent to keep items from moving around inside the container, but you can also wrap in newspaper, packing paper, or even towels.

Young couple moving out of the apartment and wrapping up the sofa.

Furniture and large appliances can also be bubble-wrapped, or you can use shrink-wrap for additional protection. If you don’t have time for that, some big blankets work well to cover pieces before you stack other items on top.


Stacking in Storage


Go High & Leave a Path

To make the most of the 10-foot height in your storage unit, adding a shelving unit may be a great option. So is setting furniture on its side and using interlocking tubs to safely stack higher. We also recommend bringing a step stool to extend your reach. This is useful both when stacking your unit and later when grabbing a few things here and there. Be sure to leave yourself an aisle as well. This makes it easier to navigate your storage unit. Like when you need to remove or return your tailgating supplies or that autographed book you wanted to show Aunt Mary.

Heavy Things on Bottom

From books to bowling balls, start stacking with the heaviest, widest items on the floor and then move your way up with lighter and smaller things. We know, it’s tempting to throw just about anything on top of a box of bedding. But trust us, it will be much easier to get what you need later (and avoid shouting “timber”) if you keep the weightier stuff on the bottom. Bonus: You can make this quicker if you label and sort your boxes into heavy and light piles before you start organizing your unit.


A Few Last Tips

A little bit of extra time now will save time later. Clean your items before packing them. Take the batteries out of everything so you don’t find crusty clumps of acid down the road. As you pack your boxes, create a simple inventory list. Or even draw a quick map of where things are situated in your storage unit. These will save you from rummaging through the house or all the boxes in your storage unit when you need the crystal candlesticks and holiday gnomes. Finally, check out more handy ideas here.


We hope that these simple tips will make moving your belongings into your storage unit easy and finding your way around your unit a breeze.

When you’re looking for a Thousand Oaks storage facility, and for a truly smooth experience, be sure to check out Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks on Old Conejo Rd in Newbury Park, CA. We’re the only storage facility that offers more than 50 sizes and the lowest price – guaranteed. Call or swing by 7 days a week from 8:30 am to 6 pm and talk to us about units for every need: home, business, safety deposits, wine storage, vaults, and climate-controlled units, too.

We’ll make it easy, so you can get on with your next adventure!


5 Ways to Get Active This Spring in Thousand Oaks

Spring has sprung! After this unusually rainy winter, it’s time to step outside the house and get moving. If you’re searching for a new physical activity but are unsure what to do, you’re in luck!

Our storage consultants are longtime residents of the Conejo Valley. They have tried all kinds of fitness activities in the area. The best they’ve found are those that allow you to soak up the sunshine while spending time with friends.

In hopes of inspiring you as you start your fitness journey, we asked our self-storage Thousand Oaks team to share some of their favorite sports and fitness activities that you can do locally!

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Give Pickleball a Chance

You’ve probably heard of pickleball, but if you’re unfamiliar, it’s sort of cross between tennis and ping pong. Not only does it provide an excellent workout, but it’s also incredibly enjoyable and easy to learn! The pickleball community is very welcoming to newcomers. You’ll see players of all ages on the courts. Plus, there are plenty of places in Thousand Oaks where you can play.

From local parks to dedicated pickleball courts at fitness centers like JAG Fitness Center & Spa or Lifetime Athletic Club – Moorpark, there’s sure to be something nearby that suits your needs. So why not give it a try? With its fast-paced action and social atmosphere, pickleball may soon become one of your favorite activities!

Try Running in Town

If you’d prefer an activity you can do anytime, running is a great option. You can do it anywhere and there are lots of places to run in Thousand Oaks. For an urban running experience, check out Thousand Oaks Boulevard Trail. This popular 2-mile-long path follows the city boulevard and is a great way to explore our stunning town without having to worry about traffic or congestion.

The path has numerous stops along its route including parks, playgrounds, and water fountains. So, it’s an ideal spot for beginners who want an easy run with pleasant distractions along the way. Make this adventure even more fun by inviting loved ones to cheer you on, run by your side, or even join in a friendly competition.

Enjoying nature together

Enjoy the Scenery While Hiking

Prefer the sights of nature over cityscapes? Meet with your walking buddies and head for the hills. From the easy and scenic Conejo Valley Trail to more challenging paths such as Los Robles Trail, there are plenty of routes for hikers of all levels and interests.

For those looking for something that has it all, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area features numerous trails. They span from Thousand Oaks to Malibu. One of many great examples in the area is the Backbone Trail. It offers breathtaking views and challenging ascents for more experienced hikers.

With so many great options close by, Thousand Oaks is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers!

Go Cycling and Make Friends

Want to get off your feet? Cycling is an excellent form of exercise. It’s low-impact and allows you to get your heart rate up without putting too much strain on your joints. Cycling is also a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness, as well as burn calories while getting some fresh air.

If you get really into it and crave more social interaction, you could join a club like the Conejo Valley Cyclists. Their group rides are a great way to meet new friends and even get tips to improve your riding skills.

A man teeing off as his friends watch him hit on a beautiful day at the golf course.

Golf, Friends, and Views

Another social sport we love is golf. Beginner or an experienced player, you’ll find the perfect course for your skill level in Thousand Oaks. For those wanting to play close by, Rustic Canyon Golf Course offers challenging yet fun holes with stunning views of nature and the surrounding hillsides.

For more experienced players seeking a challenge, Los Robles Greens Golf Course provides 18 championship-level holes plus practice facilities and lessons from PGA professionals. Finally, Westlake Village Golf Course offers spectacular mountain views while providing an enjoyable round on their nicely maintained course. All three courses offer excellent amenities as well as discounts for seniors and juniors.

From golfing on one of the many nearby courses, playing pickleball at the city courts, running or hiking along scenic trails, or cycling through parks and gardens – there’s so many ways to get out there, move your body, connect with old friends, make new ones, and feel great! If you get extra gung-ho and run out of space to store all your new sports and fitness equipment, we’re here to help.

Our self-storage Thousand Oaks facility has over 50-unit sizes with customizable add on options like shelving and in-unit electricity. Whether you need a small closet for a few pieces of gear or a storage room for everything from kites to kayaks, we’ve got the right space for the things you love at the lowest price – guaranteed.

Got questions? Stop by or give us a call from 8:30 am to 6 pm, seven days a week. Our friendly storage consultants are here to help.

Thanks for reading and we hope you go out and try a new way to have fun and stay active!

Santa Days Returning to Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks

Free Photos with Santa, Games, and Falling Snow

He’s loaded up his sleigh and he’s on his way! That’s right, our dear Saint Nick is making a comeback for our annual Santa Days at Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks. All are welcome to join in on the festive fun at this free event. It’s been a while since Kris Kringle gathered with our neighbors from Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, and nearby communities for the holidays. So, to make this year extra special, the jolly old elf has some North-Pole magic up his sleeve. Gentle drifts of falling snow will appear throughout each day of the big man’s visit!

Santa Days will take place over two weekends in December: Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, and again the following weekend on Dec. 17 and 18. From 10 am to 4 pm each day.

Free photos with Santa at Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks

Here’s all the very merry activities guests can enjoy during their visit:


Take part in our years-long tradition and get your free photo taken with Mr. Claus himself. Santa can’t wait to hear what all your little ones are hoping for this year. You can bring your four-legged family members too. Saint Nick loves posing with cuddly cats and dogs.

Next, challenge your group to some joyful games like Reindeer Ring Toss and Holiday Bowling. You never know who the Christmas Champion might be! For those feeling creative, head to our coloring station, featuring our beloved Hollywood Storage Center mascots, the Boxwell Family.

Then, keep your eye on the sky. Santa’s making our wish for a White Christmas come true! Our elf sources at the North Pole weather station have forecasted flurries of falling snow approximately every 20 minutes. But Santa says groups of cheerful children singing “Let It Snow” might also get the snowflakes flying. It’s going to be a beautiful sight and you won’t want to miss it!

Thousand Oaks Storage Invites Families & Pets for Photos with Santa

In the spirit of goodwill, we kindly invite our guests to bring an unwrapped gift for our toy drive in partnership with Play Conejo, the charitable arm of the Conejo Recreation and Park District. Accepted gifts can be for kids anywhere between ages 1 month to 17 years. Play Conejo will distribute the toys to local families in need. This is a great opportunity to give back to our wonderful community, so while it is not mandatory to participate, we hope you will consider donating.

For those needing boxes and packing supplies for gifts, check our our great selection. We also offer convenient storage units in case you’re out of clever hiding spots for gifts at home. Keeping them here ay the Place for the Things You Love assures that you can pull off a delightful Christmas morning surprise! Just ask one of our friendly storage experts and they will be more than happy to assist you.

We can’t wait for all the holiday fun! Hope to see you there.


Santa Days at Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks

December 10, 11, 17, and 18 – 10 am to 4 pm

3425 Old Conejo Road

Newbury Park, CA 91320

2022 Local Halloween Events – Thousand Oaks Storage

Spooky season is here and what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by joining in some local festivities? That’s why we your Thousand Oaks storage friends at Hollywood Storage Center are sharing a list of some of the most exciting upcoming 2022 Halloween Events in and around Thousand Oaks. Just keep reading to find the perfect Halloween event for you and your family:


Upcoming Halloween Events in Thousand Oaks and Nearby Cities

Sept 24 to Nov 5: Reign of Terror Haunted House at Janss Marketplace Thousand Oaks

Horror fans and thrill-seekers are in for a scream of a time at the Reign of Terror Haunted House. Brush elbows with frightfully fun monsters in 10 inter-connected themed sections; packed with terrifying scenes, props, and special effects. You’ll only have the light of glow stick to guide your way, so stay alert, you never know who might be lurking around the corner! If you dare to be scared, this haunted house is a sure bet.

Price: $30 – $60

Tickets are sold for specific time slots, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

Location: 225 N. Moorpark Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91360



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Sept 30 to Oct 31: Nights of the Jack Halloween Experience at King Gillette Ranch

Immerse yourself in a spooky (not scary) wonderland at Nights of the Jack. As you walk along the trail, you’ll see thousands of illuminated hand-carved pumpkins, glowing lights, and other festive decorations. After you take some cute photos, treat yourself to LA’s best food trucks or The Spookeasy for craft beer, wine, or a Halloween cocktail. Nights of the Jack is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm, now until October 31st. This magical experience is a must for Halloween loving families.

Price: $29.99 – $44.99

Location: King Gillete Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302


Oct 1 to Oct 31: Fall Harvest on the Farm at Underwood Farms

Create lasting memories with your loved ones at Harvest Festival. Feast your eyes on Underwood Farm’s Gigantic Pumpkin Patch, navigate through the corn maze, or pet a friendly goat. These are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy any day of the week during the festival. Each weekend brings a different theme with even more things to do, like animals shows, live bands, and pig races. Naturally, the final Fall Harvest’s theme is “All About Pumpkins Weekend”. This is the perfect time to pick your pumpkin right from the farm. From Hay Climbing Pyramids to snacks like salty-savory kettle corn, there’s plenty to be “pumped” about!

Price: $14 (Monday – Friday), $22-28 (Weekends)

Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021


Sat, Oct 22: Pumpkin Party at Leonis Adobe Museum

Travel back in time to life in the late 1800s when you visit Leonis Adobe Museum. Named a “distinctive destination”, this working ranch and historical monument is hosting an afternoon Pumpkin Party, from 1pm to 4pm. While the museum has lots to see year-round, this gathering will feature some extra special fun. Party goers can expect live music, demonstrations, and hands on crafts. Come in your costume and bring your kids for a spirited afternoon of treats and living history.

Price: $8 admission (free for members and children under 2 years old)

Location: Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas CA 91302

Costume Contest at Halloween Haunted Trail in Thousand Oaks

Sat, Oct 22: Halloween Haunted Trail, Costume Contest and Trick or Treat Street

Capture sweet moments with your little ones at Conejo Recreation & Park District’s Haunted Trail. The costume contest starts right at 6 pm so be sure to get there on time, with your adorable little ghoul or goblin in tow. After, you’ll have the chance to meet some neat snakes, lizards, and other scaly friends at the reptile show. Next, walk on over to the decorated booths of Trick-or-Treat Street for some Halloween goodies. Then at 7 pm, it’s time to make your way down the Haunted Trail. It’s going to be spooktacular!

Price: Tickets are $5 per person

Location: Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Road., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Networking Event at Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks

Thu, Oct 27: Legal & Real Estate Halloween Mixer at Palm Garden Hotel & Spa

Make powerful connections at this Halloween-themed networking event. Hosted by Ventura County Asian American Bar Association (VCAABA) and Asian Real Estate Association of America Ventura County (AREAA VC), this is your chance to get to know like-minded professionals in the area and have a bit of Halloween fun as well. The mixer is open to members and non-members, regardless of ethnicity or occupation. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The two-hour mixer starts at 5:30 pm so plan to stop in straight from the office.

Price: $33 (early bird), $39 General Admission

Location: 495 N. Ventu Park Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Halloween Monster Bash at Sunland Vintage Winery in Thousand Oaks

Fri, Oct 28: Halloween Monster Bash at Sunland Vintage Winery

Skip the witch’s brew and sip a glass of wine instead.  The Annual Sunland Vintage Winery Halloween Monster Bash is the perfect excuse to let your hair down and have a good time. This Halloween celebration will include a costume contest, sweet treats, live music, and 30+ wines to choose from. If you’re in need of an adults-only night out, make sure to come to the winery early as seating is first-come, first-served. The bash begins at 6 pm.

Price: $10 minimum per person

Location: 321 Thousand Oaks Blvd. #108, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362


Sat, Oct 29: Old-Time Trick or Treat at the Stagecoach Inn Museum

History buffs of all ages will have a grand time exploring the Stagecoach Inn Museum’s historic sites and exhibits. Come in your costume and join in a Halloween hunt for treats at different spots around the grounds (hint: try the blacksmith shop). Don’t miss this afternoon of good old-fashioned fun complete with spooky stories, music, and friends.

Price: $7 per adult, $5 per child (5-12), free for children under 5

Location: 51 South Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91320


Mon, Oct 31: Haunted High Street

Come together with your neighbors for an afternoon of Halloween excitement. Hosted by the Arroyo Vista Recreation Center, Haunted High Street is a fun-filled event for all ages. There will be a costume contest with prizes, so wear your best Halloween ensemble. After, enjoy the pumpkin decorating station and other Halloween crafts. Then grab your bag for some candy at trunk-or-treat. Still hungry? Get more tasty snacks at the “Ghoulish Grub” food court. Now that you have more energy, you’ll be ready to boogie at the live DJ dance party. With so much to see and do, this Halloween carnival is sure to be a blast!

Price: Free

Location: 18 E. High Street, Moorpark, CA 93021


We hope our local Halloween Events list helps you find fun ways to celebrate the holiday. Let us know if we’ve missed any other great Halloween happenings so we can add it. Home or business running out of room for your holiday decorations? Free up space and stay more organized with self-storage. Our Thousand Oaks Storage experts are here to help. We’re available 7 days a week and offer the lowest prices guaranteed! Stop by our facility today for a golf cart tour and free popcorn.