- For easy stacking, use the same size boxes.
- When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it.
- Mark “fragile” on all boxes containing breakable items.
- To prevent moth damage when storing wool items, use cedar chips or mothballs.
- Use a wardrobe carton to pack clothing that usually hangs in a closet.
- Furniture with drawers can be used to store pictures, china, silverware and other small items. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, bubble wrap or packing paper to prevent breakage.
- Larger appliances are great for storing blankets, towels, clothes and linens.
- Empty trash cans can be used to store rakes, shovels and hoses.
- Protect mattresses and furniture with pads and covers.
- Wrap mirrors and pictures with paper pads or use mirror boxes.
- Pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes for easier lifting.
- Seal boxes completely with packing tape to keep out dust.
- Label boxes by numbers and keep a master storage inventory list at home, separate from your storage unit. Label boxes on all four sides.
- Before you move items into your unit, place plastic sheets, tarps or pallets on the floor.
- Allow for proper ventilation by not packing items right up against the walls.
- Leave a center aisle so you’ll have easy access to all of your items.
- Store items you think you’ll need most often at the front of your unit.
- Place heavy boxes on the bottom when stacking.
- Store couches (except sofa beds) on end to maximize space.
- Do not store mirrors and pictures flat.
- Stacking uniform boxes helps maximize available space. Don’t stack higher than you can comfortably reach.
- Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- Disassemble tables and store on their sides.
- Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
- Use shelving to maximize the space in your unit.
- Refrigerators and freezers should be cleaned before storing. Keep their doors slightly ajar, and use the inside for extra storage.
- Wax wooden furniture before storing it. Place a light cotton dust cover (like a sheet) on your furniture.
- Valuables should be stored at the rear of your unit.
PROHIBITED STORAGE GOODS
- Flammable liquids
- Oil, gasoline or derivatives
- Toxic materials and chemicals
- Paint, paint thinner
- Perishable liquids or food items
- Live animals
- Illegal items
Avoid storing anything that will attract pests. Be sure to drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, snow blowers and other items with engines.