Start by gathering as many boxes, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
4. 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.
5. Take Inventory
Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
7. Be Careful
CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
8. Uniform Boxes
Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
9. Lighter Boxes on Top
Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
10. List Contents
List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
11. Dishes and Glasses
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
12. Fragile Items
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
13. 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.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
15. Stored Together
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
16. Removable Legs
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
17. Sofas and Love Seats
Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
18. Stuffed Furniture
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
20. Pack Your Space
Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
21. Sharp or Heavy Objects
Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
22. Use a Quality Lock
Use a good quality lock on your door.
23. No Food Items
To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items should be stored. (If absolutely necessary, food staples should be sealed in plastic zip locks within another plastic bag.)
Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
What Not to Store
You Should Not Store
Photographs will suffer temperature damage if not stored in a climate controlled unit. For your personal protection and security, we recommend that the following not be stored. These items should be kept with you or secured in a safe deposit box or bonded storage area: cash, personal papers, documents pertaining to the move, financial papers and assets (bank checks, insurance policies, stock certificates, etc.), legal documents such as deeds, wills passports or other such valuable papers, securities, jewelry (except for costume jewelry), prescriptions, furs, stamp or coin collections, irreplaceable photos, medical and family history records, irreplaceable items.
The following items are absolutely prohibited to be stored at any of our storage facilities: flammable materials such as paint, varnish, thinners, gasoline, kerosene and oil, bottled gas, aerosol cans, nail polish and remover, ammunition and explosives, corrosives, cleaning fluids and detergents.