- Store items you will access frequently closest to the door.
- Don’t store items that may break if they freeze.
- Leave an aisle through your unit if you will be accessing your belongings frequently.
- Label all boxes clearly and keep a list of all items in storage.
- Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home.
- List contents of boxes on all four sides, seal with masking tape.
- Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
- Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes. They are much easier to stack that way.
- Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow for ventilation.
- Pack your boxes and other items as close together as possible to avoid moisture accumulating between them.
- Place your storage items on 2" x 4" boards to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
- Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected. To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
- Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books.
- Tables with removable legs can be "broken down" to save space.
- Sofas and love-seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Place a protective waterproof cover under the end on the floor. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top. Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover.
- If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to prop them up.
- Remove or fold the handles on lawnmowers and other garden equipment. Drain all gasoline out of a tool before storing it.
- Plan to cover your contents for further protection.
- If storing boxes of records or documents, plan on utilizing shelving to maximize your self storage space. We provide shelving you can rent.