Rent the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full.
Arrangement of items
Arrange your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your items.
Position your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness.
Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Arrange your storage space. Put those items that you may need to use often, in the front.
No Combustible Stuff
CAUTION! Do not store items which are COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
Try to leave an aisle down the centre of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
Boxes Strong Enough
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
Catalogue the contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Dishes and glasses
Dishes and glasses should be covered in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Put them on top.
Pictures and mirrors
Pictures and mirrors should be covered in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and loaded on end.
Furniture with drawers
Furniture with drawers can be made use of as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Cover them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
TVs and other electronics
Position TVs and other electronics in the back of your storage unit.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be put together in empty trash cans. Put extra cans inside each other.
Tables that have removable legs should be disassembled to save space.
Sofas and can be put on end to save floor space. Cover cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Do not put sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Larger appliances make good “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.