• 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.