Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow for walkways.
Create an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
Place a protective cover (plastic sheeting) on the floor under your stored goods to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.).
List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
Wrap It Up
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Remove legs of tables if possible to save space.
Sofas and Loveseats
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Sharp or Heavy Objects
Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Lock It Up!
Use a good quality lock on your door.
To prevent bug infestation and rodents, do not store food or food items.
Put TV's, electronics and other valuables in the rear of your unit.
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