1. Smallest Space
In most cases, you should rent the smallest amount of space you will need, and pack the unit tightly. However, also consider how often you will need access to those items. If you will need to access many of the items in the unit frequently, you may want to consider a unit large enough to include a walkway to avoid having to pack and unpack the entire unit.
2. Gather 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. Uniform Sizes
If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
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.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
6. Metal Items
Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.).
9. 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.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
11. Strong boxes
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (We suggest not putting too much in each box.)
12. List Contents
List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
13. Wrap it up
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Dish and glassware kits (sold at our facilities) are even more effective in protecting these valuables. Stack these boxes on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
15. 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.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
18. Stored together
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
19. Removable legs
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
20. Sofas and loveseats
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
21. Sharp or heavy objects
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
22. Stuffed furniture
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy. Mattresses should also be placed in mattress bags, which can be purchased in our offices.