CAREFUL PLANNING WILL SAVE YOU MONEY, SPACE, AND HEARTACHE Many people rent more space than is really necessary. Since storage units come in a variety of sizes, you should do all you possibly can to pay for only the space you need, especially if you do not need frequent access to the space. Use the chart available in our office to help determine the size of the space you will need. Here are some more valuable space saving tips: Tables, beds, lawnmowers, and other large items should be disassembled, if possible Leave a center aisle for easy access to your goods. Store frequently used items at the front of your unit so you can get to them easily. Stand sofas and mattresses on end on a pallet or a plastic sheet, and use protective covers. Stack boxes on dressers and use dresser drawers for folded clothing and smaller delicate items. Store chairs inverted seat-to-seat. Fill containers to capacity or fill extra pockets of space with packing material The better prepared you are for your move into a storage unit, the better the chance you have of preventing items from being broken or damaged. Here are a few packing tips to help you avoid breaking fragile items and damaging other valuables: Wrap glasses and dishes individually and use special dishpack boxes. Utilize bubblewrap, foam sheets, packing peanuts and paper when packing any other glass items such as mirrors, lamps, figurines, etc. Pack heavy items such as books in smaller boxes because of their weight. Make sure heavier boxes are at the bottom of any stacking you do. Remember to keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar, with an open box of baking soda inside. Keep greasy items such as tools, lawnmowers, etc. away from furniture to avoid oil staining. Do not use newsprint to back anything that could be stained by ink. Stack lighter boxes on top of bigger, heavier ones.