Start by gathering (or buying) as many boxes as you think you will need. Don't forget tape, markers, and packing material. If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box). Plastic totes are great too - just make sure they're strong enough to stack.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods. Place your storage items on boards or on pallets to guard against dampness...Remember, any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit. Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top. Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place away from the unit. Write the contents of your boxes on all four sides and seal with tape.
Wrap It Up:
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Use what you've got:
Larger appliances make excellent "packaging cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty garbage cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc.
Stuffed Furniture & Mattresses:
Cover stuffed furniture with blankets or covers to protect against dust. Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas. Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture. Always use a mattress bag to keep them fresh.
Do not store anything HAZARDOUS OR COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, propane, solvents, or paint). Do not store any perishable items as they will attract unwanted tenants (the kind with four feet or six legs) and they never pay their rent.