Sabrina Harris
October 19th, 2023

Helpful advise to make your move as stress free and cost effective as possible.

1. Smallest Space - Rent the smallest amount of space you will need, pack the unit full to utilize all your cubic footage

2. Gather Materials - Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers and packing material ( example: foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper, towels and blankets

3. Uniform Sizes - If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking. We always recommend totes for the most sturdy and effective stacking

4. Inventory - 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

5. Prepare - Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your stored belongings

6. Keep Dry - Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp

7. Access - Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access more often in the front of the unit

8. CAUTION - Do not store any items that are considered COMBUSTIBLE ( Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents or paint, propane tanks)

9. Easier Access - 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 better air circulation

10. Stack - Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top.

11. Strong Boxes - Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 lbs ( although we suggest not putting too much in each box)

12. List Contents - List the contents in boxes on all 4 sides, number the boxes and seal with tape securely

13. Wrap It Up - Dishes, glasses and fragile items should be wrapped in paper or packing wrap and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top

14. Fragile - Pictures, mirrors and art work should be wrapped in cardboard marked FRAGILE and stacked on end

15. Extra Space - Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick - knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage

16. Appliances - Larger appliances make excellent packaging cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes

17. Electronics - Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit

18. Stored Together - Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other. This concept also works great for shower curtain rods and curtain rods

19. Removable Legs - Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space

20. Sofa and Loveseats - Sofas and loveseats can be stored end to end to sae floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas

21. Sharp or Heavy Objects - Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture

22. - Stuffed Furniture - Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust

23. Mattresses -If you stand your mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy