1. 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.
4. Keep Dry
Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
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.).
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
8. Wrap it up
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
10. Removable legs
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
11. 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.
12. Sharp or heavy objects
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
13. 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.
15. Metal Items
Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.