|TIP #1Make packing easier by planning ahead. Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers.|
|TIP #2Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.|
|TIP #3Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.|
|Tip #4Label boxes on all sides for easy identification. Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes.|
|TIP #5Use valuable space inside dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items such as towels, linens and small, fragile items. Secure items in drawer by filling empty spaces with towels or packing paper.|
|TIP #6Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes.Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither overpack nor underpack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubblewrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.|
|TIP #7Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes. For easier handling limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to 30lbs. or less.|
|TIP #8Clean and dry appliances before storing. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.|
|TIP #9Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.|
|TIP #10Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.|
|TIP #11Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.|
|TIP #12Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.|
|TIP #13Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes|
Tip #1Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
Tip #2When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
Tip #3Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
Tip #4If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
Tip #5Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
Tip #6Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
Tip #7Common sense and state law determines what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
Tip #8Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
Tip #9Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
Tip #10Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
Tip #11When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
Tip #12Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.
Tip #13Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.
Tip #14Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.
Tip #15Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.