Gather Packing Materials
Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
Use Uniformly Sized Boxes
If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
Make an Inventory List
Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.
Prepare Your Space; Keep Items Dry
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness.
Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Plan Access to Items & Allow for Air Circulation
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. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
CAUTION: Items You Cannot Store
Do not store anything combustible (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint), hazardous, toxic or illegal. Also, no food or perishable items can be stored in our spaces. Examples of items that cannot be stored: Ammunitions, gasoline, paint thinner, propane, food, produce, plants, fireworks, etc. If in doubt of what can be stored in spaces, please ask the property manager.
Use Strong Boxes
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
Stack Heavier Boxes on the Bottom
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
List Contents on Boxes
List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Wrap Dishes & Glasses
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.