1. Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
2. When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
3. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption.
4. If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
5. Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
6. Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
7. Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
8. Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
9. Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
10. Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
11. When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
12. Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.
13. Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.