1. Stack boxes to the ceiling to make the best use of your storage unit. Pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes to provide a stable base; then place the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the stack. Reduce items down into smaller pieces whenever possible and store larger pieces vertically.
2. Wrap What You Can : Each time you use a storage unit, wrap what you can in industrial plastic wrap. That way, you know that things are sealed up tight and it won't collect dust or creepy crawlies while it's doing time.
3. Use A Hefty Small Lock: Although our units have tight security, find an all-weather pad lock that has a short arm to ensure a bolt cutter can't slide it's way in to be sliced open!
4. Label, Label, Label: Even though you know exactly what you're putting in your storage unit at the time you open it, that doesn't mean in 6 months when you need back in it that you won't be digging for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you're after. Label everything. The hidden, the obvious, and you can even go as far as to make a checklist that hangs inside the door telling you where something might be (back right corner under the desk = cameras to sell on eBay).
5. Bust Out Your Tetris Skills: Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal, just make sure you use the space wisely which means packing things all the way to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as your stacking it up, up and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.
6. Rethink and repurpose things your planning to store. You can save room in your storage unit by packing books and CDs inside the fridge. Just leave the fridge door wedged open for circulation. Also, use empty trash bins to contain garden supplies like shovels and hoses.
7. Allow for a clear path down the center of your self-storage unit. Place items along the walls, but be sure to leave an inch of space for proper air circulation. Don’t forget to face box labels towards the aisle so you can easily read them and navigate your things.
8. There are a few simple things you can do today to make your next trip to storage quick and easy. Keeping basic tools like screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers and a utility knife around your storage space will pay off big when taking off removables -- like table legs and leaves. Also, a folding step stool will come in handy when accessing items stored above-head height.