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Plan ahead. Pack your frequently used items last and keep at the front of your unit where you can get at them easily.
Map it.As you move into your storage space, make a simple drawing that shows where items are placed.
Cover up.Protect your furniture, including mattresses, box springs, couches, love seats, living room chairs with covers designed for them, many storage facilities sell the covers. The steel siding inside storage units can leave grey markings on your things. It can’t hurt to put open boxes on the floor as well.
Think vertical.Make best use of your storage area by stacking to the ceiling, starting with the heaviest items on the bottom to lightest items on top. It helps to stack boxes of the same size building a flat surface – then put dining chairs and odd shaped things on the top.
Optimize your space.
– Break down any furniture that has removable legs, or leaves
– You can protect your dining table between the mattress and box springs.
– Use can use your refrigerator or other appliances to store things like linens – even books or CDs. But remember to wedge the door of all appliances open so air can circulate inside them
– Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans.
Clean the air.If you’re storing a gas-powered lawnmower or leaf blower, prevent unpleasant odors by draining the tank before you put it in your unit.
Is it hot and dry?Consider how long you will be storing and the area you live in.
– Place a large mouth bucket of water (not a gal milk jug) in the unit to give humidity. Wood furniture will not likely dry out and crack, and the seams and joints should remain intact. (A large unit in Phoenix could take 3-4 buckets ½ full and you’ll need to refill about once a month)
– Careful of storing candles, oil paintings, vinyl records, or antiques – it’s best to have air-conditioned units for these.