List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
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.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Wipe any items made of metal – bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. – with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and pack the unit full.
Place your storage items on 2×4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, propane, solvents, or paint).
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty garbage cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
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.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
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.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
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.
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