Have blankets, draperies, and out-of-season clothing clean and ready to be packed on a hanger or wardrobe box.
Pack books flat, not standing on end (which may cause damage to spines). Books are extremely heavy, so don't pack too many in one box.
Drain gasoline and oil from lawnmowers and other items with small engines.
Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
Don't over pack boxes. Overfilled boxes will rupture and topple when stacked.
Heat-sensitive goods such as videotapes, albums, and photographs and wood furniture are best stored in a climate-controlled unit.
Clean and dry your appliances. Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar and use the space inside for additional storage.
If you are storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and disassemble to conserve storage space.
Use shelving to take full advantage of the storage space.
Store couches on end (except sofa beds).
When packing your storage room, create a center aisle for access to all items.
Store items you'll need most at the front of the unit.
Label all boxes on all sides.
Store mirrors and paintings on end, do not lay them flat. Wrap and indicate they are fragile.
Use trash cans to store shovels, rakes and hoes.
Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces.
Don't store any sort of food items in a storage unit as it will attract rodents.
Don't leave paints, oil or gasoline in your storage unit. Drain all gas and oil from lawnmowers, blowers, etc. It is against the law to store hazardous or combustible materials such as these.
Don't give anyone access codes or keys to your storage units.
Don't hesitate to ask any facility manager any questions you may have before or during move-in.