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  • 1. Plan

    Rent the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full.

  • 2. Gather Your Materials

    Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

  • 3. Use Uniform Boxes

    If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.

  • 4. Take Inventory

    Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.

  • 5. Prepare Your Space

    Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

  • 6. Use Pallets

    Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.

  • 7. Caution

    CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)

  • 8. Leave Space

    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.

  • 9. Stack Boxes by Weight

    Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

  • 10. Use Strong Boxes

    Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)

  • 11. Label & Seal Boxes

    List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

  • 12. Dishes & Glasses

    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

  • 13. Fragile Items

    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

  • 14. 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.

  • 15. Appliances

    Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

  • 16. Electronics

    Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

  • 17. Stored Together

    Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

  • 18. Removable Legs

    Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.

  • 19. Furniture

    Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.

  • 20. Sharp Or Heavy Objects

    Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • 21. Stuffed Furniture

    Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

  • 22. Mattresses

    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.

  • 23. Prevent Rust

    Wipe any items made of metal (bikes, metal tables, tools, etc.) with machine oil to prevent rusting.