Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow walkways.
Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp. It may be necessary to lay plastic down first.
CAUTION!! Do not store anything combustible (i.e. paint thinner, gasoline, paint solvents, etc.)
Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 24lbs. to 30lbs. It’s best not to put too much in each box.
List contents of boxes on all four sides. Number the boxes, seal with tape.
Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
Dishes and glassware should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard, marked “fragile” and stacked on end.
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 “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
Tables having removable legs should be “broken down” to save space.
Sofas and love-seats can be stored on end to save space. Always place a protective cover under items on the concrete. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect them against dust.
If you stand mattresses on the side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
Do not place heavy or sharp items on top of upholstered furniture.
Use a good quality lock on your door. Cheap locks can rust and do not provide good security.