Gather Materials Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (e.g. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
Inventory Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
Prepare Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
List Contents List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Wrap It Up Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Fragile Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Strong boxes Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
Keep Dry Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Removable Legs Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
CAUTION CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g. Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
Metal Items Wipe any items made of metal: bikes, metal tables, tools, etc, with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Smallest Space Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
Uniform Sizes If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
Access Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
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 Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top.
Appliances Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Electronics Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Stored Together Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Sofas and Loveseats Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
Sharp or Heavy Objects Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Stuffed Furniture Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
Mattresses If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.