Store mattresses standing on their ends against a wall to better utilize the height of the storage space.
When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
When storing dining room tables with removable legs, remove the legs to store the table on its side to maximize floor space. If the legs cannot be removed, store boxes under the table and dining room chairs upside down with their seats on the table top.
Store sofas on their end to utilize the height of the storage space.
When storing appliances ensure that they are fully clean and dry and prop their doors open for optimal ventilation.
When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
Stack boxes to fully utilize the height of your unit, placing like sized boxes on top of each other, with heavier boxes on the bottom.
Consider using shelving along the perimeter of your storage space, if you will be storing items like holiday decorations and seasonal items. You will be able to access items you need easily without having to unstack a tower of boxes to get to them.
Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
When storing records or inventory, store them in the order you will likely access them. If your records are used by year make sure the boxes are organized by year as you place them into storage.
Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and items with small engines.
If you are storing your office files in boxes as permanent record storage, you may need to organize them on shelves with a walkable aisle. This will allow you to move about within the storage unit with ease.
Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
When storing your full household of furniture before your new home is ready, without a need to access anything until you are ready to move, you will be able to use more of the floor space to truly pack the storage unit.
DON'T STORE: furs, jewelry, expensive items, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires, firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste materials of any kind, items that produce odors, liquids, or any item that will in any way make other tenants or the manager unhappy.