1. Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow for walkways in the middle or on one side to access all items even those in the back.
2. Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safety deposit box.
3. Place your storage items on pallets or 2×4 boards to protect against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp because it is a porous surface.
4. WARNING!! Do not under any circumstances store anything combustible or flammable such as paint
thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, fertilizer, rags or piles of clothing not boxed or bagged.
5. Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 lbs.
6. List contents of boxes on all four sides for easy identification: Number the boxes and seal them
with tape.
7. Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes to avoid eventual crushing of one box by another.
8. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
9. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
10. Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, nick-knacks, silverware, etc.
Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
11. Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
12. Shovels, hoes, rakes, hoses and other garden utensils can be stored together in empty trash cans.
13. Tables having removable legs should be broken down to save space or if not to store boxes under and on top of to maximize use of the storage unit.
14. Sofas and Love seats can be stored on end to save floor space, always place a protective cover under
the items on concrete or store on a pallet to create air flow around them. Put cushions in trash bags and seal them and place on very top of boxes.
15. Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust and cobwebs.
16. If you should stand your mattresses on their sides, “prop” them up so that they are not straight or they may start to bend out of shape and become lumpy after a period of time in that condition.
17. Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
18. Do not place heavy or sharp objects or items on top of upholstered furniture so as not to tear them or
leave an indentation on the furniture.
19. If you need items like mattress covers, boxes and packing supplies, markers, tape, etc. be sure to check with the office for purchase of any of these helpful products.