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- Plan ahead. Place items you may need to get to often in the front of your space. Allow for walkways if you’ll need periodic access to items. Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home, or in a safe deposit box.
- For easy stacking, use uniform-sized boxes. Be sure they are strong enough to hold 20 to 30 pounds.
- List contents on all four sides of the box. Number the boxes and seal them with cello tape, fiber tape or glued paper tape. Use inventory sheets to track the boxes. Wrap dishes and glasses in plain paper and pack them in sturdy boxes. Set these boxes on top of the others.
- Use furniture drawers to hold delicate items. Wrap them in bubble wrap or newspaper.
- Do not store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals) or perishable (such as food that is not permanently sealed). When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage.
- Break down items (such as table legs) and store large furniture (like tabletops and sofas) on end to save space.
Always use high-quality locks on your unit. Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces.
- Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
- Blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothing can be packed inside large appliances. When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to prevent collapsing when stacked.