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If you are going to use some of the items on a regular basis, be sure to place them in the front of the unit, making access to them easier.
Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics so that they can breathe while in storage.
You may add free-standing shelves to your unit to help keep your unit organized.
Label everything you store in your unit and keep a written inventory along with your locator map.
If you are storing boxes of records or documents, consider using shelves to maximize your self storage space. It is not recommended to store birth certificates, social security cards, personal property titles, insurance documents, wills, or other notarized documents.
It is recommended to use designated moving blankets, lightweight sheets, or towels if you want to cover some of your stored items. It is best to avoid covering furniture with plastic sheeting without first putting down a clothe covering as the plastic can cut off the circulation of air which is helpful in maintaining the original surfaces of your pieces. Many people store items uncovered with no issues at all. It is a personal preference and can keep dust to a minimum.
If storing tables, when possible remove the legs so that you can stand the tabletop vertically.
Store sofas, couches, and tables on their ends (not recommended for sofa beds, however). Place an old sheet or plastic on the floor underneath the sofa to further protect the fabric.
If storing a dresser or chest of drawers, use the drawers as additional storage space. Pack lightweight items into the drawers to maximize the storage space and minimize the area you need.
When placing your boxes into self storage, place the heavier boxes on the bottom with each box stacked on top getting progressively lighter in weight.
Remove or fold the handles on lawnmowers and other garden equipment. It is important that you drain all gasoline out of a tool before storing it!
It is recommended to wrap all dishes or breakables in packing paper and make sure each piece is wrapped individually. Because breakables can be heavy to begin with, use smaller boxes or dishpack boxes which are designed for this type of storage. Bubble wrap is also very useful for breakables.