When placing your boxes into self storage, place the heavier boxes on the bottom with each box stacked on top getting progressively lighter in weight. Seal all boxes with tape.
Accessing Your Unit Frequently
If you are going to use some of the items on a regular basis, be sure to place them in the front of the unit, making access to them easier.
Create An Inventory
It’s a good idea if you’re planning to maintain a storage unit for a lengthy period of time to create an inventory of what items are store. Having a list, along with good organization makes finding items a lot easier. Especially when you need to find that one specific thing.
Protecting Your Stored Belongings
Plan to cover your contents once in storage for further protection. DO NOT STORE FOOD ITEMS!! Remember to empty and clean refrigerator or freezer.
Wrap mattresses and box springs with plastic covers. Do not sit on floors or lean against the walls.
Furniture with Legs
Consider storing sofas, couches, and tables on their ends (not recommended for sofa beds, however). Place an old sheet or plastic on the floor underneath the sofa to further protect the fabric. Spray furniture with a good polish, and cover with cloths or plastic if possible.
Storing Items with Handles
Remove or fold the handles on lawnmowers and other garden equipment. It is important that you drain all gasoline out of a tool before storing it!
Number One Way To Avoid Mildew
Apart from not sealing fabrics in plastic bags, the best way to avoid mildew is to ensure all items are completely dry when storing.
Pad Your Breakables
If you’re able, it's always a good idea to wrap your breakable items with things like bubble wrap or newspaper.
Don’t Stack Anything On Cushioned Furniture
If you aren’t able to store things like chairs and couches vertically try to avoid placing boxes or other items on top of them. It may seem like a good idea to conserve space but it can result in damage to your furniture. It also doesn’t provide a safe and stable platform for boxes to stay. This can result in boxes falling after a period of time, leading to damaged items.