|Plan ahead. Keep your frequently used items at the front of your unit where you can get at them easily.
|Map It. As you move into your storage space, make a simple drawing that shows where items are placed.
|Cover up. Protect your furniture, including mattresses and box springs, with covers designed for the item.
|Think vertical. Make best use of your storage area by stacking to the ceiling, working from heaviest items on the bottom to lightest items on top.
|Don’t over-reach. Use a stool to stack and reach items stored above your head.
|Optimize your space. Break down any furniture that has removable legs, leaves or other parts. Stack chairs seat-to-seat with towels or blankets between them.
|Multi-task. Use your refrigerator or other appliances to store things like linens – even books or CDs. Wedge the door of any appliances open so air can circulate inside them.
|Take a breath. Leave a little space between the walls of your unit and your stored items to allow for ventilation.
|Tool up. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
|Clear the air. If you’re storing a gas-powered lawnmower or leaf blower, prevent unpleasant odors by draining the tank before you put it in your unit.
|Be prepared. Keep an extra emergency preparedness kit in your storage unit. If your home is inaccessible, you’ll have a second supply resource.
|Always clean and thoroughly dry appliances before storing. Placing a receptacle of salt inside freezers and refrigerators will help absorb moisture
|Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top
|Label ALL boxes for easy identification
|Small furniture such as chest of drawers, plus boxes and miscellaneous small items, boxed business files or office supplies.
|The furnishings of one or two bedrooms. For example, a couch and chair, dresser, mattress and small boxes and items. Perfect for extra business inventory or office equipment.
|Holds furniture of a family room, or contents of two bedrooms. Or an entire office including desk, chairs, computer, lamps, shelves.
|Store the furnishings of an entire 2 bedroom apartment. including desk, chairs, computer, lamps, shelves.
|One Car Garage
|Holds the contents of a 5-bedroom house, or five years of business files, including desk, chairs, computer, lamps, shelves.