Always plan ahead. Gather sturdy boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, marker pens and furniture covers.
Tightly sealed boxes will prevent dust from entering.
Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
Label boxes on all sides for easy identification. Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference.
Use valuable space inside dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items such as towels, linens and small, fragile items.
Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
When packing your unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
Never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials or other items that need a controlled environment.
Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
Always use high quality locks on your unit.
Always use climate control for humidity-sensitive items.
Place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.