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 peanuts, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
3. Uniform Sized boxesWhen possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit. (refer to Item 12)
Protect your space and your items by placing a protective plastic cover on the floor under your goods.
6. Keep Dry
Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
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.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on 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. Make a master list with the numbers and contents of the boxes for inventory.
13. Wrap It Up
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Be sure to stack these boxes on the top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
15. Extra Space
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to provide protection and prevent breakage.
Larger appliances make excellent “storage containers” for blankets, towels, linens and clothes.
Put TVs 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 and other items that have removable legs can be broken down by removing the legs 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. This would include boxes containing heavy books.
22. Stuffed Furniture
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
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 a light coat of 3 in 1 oil to prevent rusting.
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