We advise renting the smallest amount of space you’ll need and packing it full.
Gather the boxes you think you’ll need plus tape, markers, and packing material – foam, bubble wrap, paper and more.
Try to use uniformly-sized boxes for easier stacking.
Make an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place – not in your unit.
Prepare your space with a protective ground cover under your goods.
Plan ahead and place items you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
Leaving a center aisle offers easier access; space between the walls and boxes lets air circulate.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Make sure your boxes can hold 25-30 pounds, and it’s best to avoid overloading them.
List contents of boxes on all four sides, number each box and seal with tape.
They should be wrapped in paper, packed in sturdy boxes and stacked on top.
Wrap pictures and mirrors in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Furniture with drawers can store knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, and more. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Store shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses in empty trash cans and stack extra cans inside each other.
Tables with removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Store sofas and loveseats on end to save floor space, wrap cushions in plastic and place on top.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
To prevent mattresses from bending out of shape or becoming lumpy, stand them on their sides, propped-up to stand straight.
Wipe bikes, metal tables, tools, and other metal items with machine oil to prevent rusting.