Keep a Log Book of your stored contents. to help you locate all and every item stored with ease. Plan ahead. Keep your frequently used items at the front of your unit where you can get at them easily. Cover up. Protect your furniture, including mattresses and box springs, with mattress covers designed for the item. Think vertical. Make best use of your storage area by stacking to the ceiling, working from heaviest items on the bottom to lightest items on top. Don’t over-reach. Use a stool to stack and reach items stored above your head. Optimize your space. Break down any furniture that has removable legs, leaves or other parts. Stack chairs seat-to-seat with towels or blankets between them. Multi-task. Use your refrigerator or other appliances to store things like linens – even books or CDs. Wedge the door of any appliances open so air can circulate inside them. Take a breath. Leave a little space between the walls and put pallets or a grid of 2″x3″ on the unit floor and your stored items to allow for ventilation. Tool up. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another. Clear the air. If you’re storing a gas-powered lawnmower or leaf blower, prevent unpleasant odors by draining the tank before you put it in your unit. Be prepared. Keep an extra emergency preparedness kit in your storage unit. If your home is inaccessible, you’ll have a second supply resource.