1. Smallest Space: Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and pack the unit full.
  2. Gather Materials: start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape,markers,and packing material(e.g. foam shipping noodles,bubble wrap, packng paper or towels)
  3. Uniform Sizes: If possible,try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
  4. Inventory: Make up an inventory list of your items and keepit in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.
  5. Prepare: Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  6. Keep Dry: Place your storage items on 2*4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  7. Access: Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in front of the unit.
  8. Caution: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g. paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint)
  9. Easier Access: Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
  10. Stack: Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top.
  11. Strong Boxes: Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
  12. List Contents: List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
  13. Wrap It Up: Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
  14. Fragile: Pictures and Mirrors should bewrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
  15. Extra Space: Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
  16. Appliances: Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
  17. Electronics: Put TV’s and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  18. Stored Together: Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
  19. Removable Legs: Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  20. Sofas and Loveseats: Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
  21. Sharp or Heavy Objects: Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  22. Stuffed Furniture: Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
  23. Mattesses: If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
  24. Metal Items: Wipe any items made of metal – bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. – with machine oil to prevent rusting.