Over time we have learned what works best when preparing for storage and the storage themselves.We share that information here ...
Use boxes that are close to the same size so you can stack them easily, (heavy ones on the bottom, light ones on top).
Ensure your boxes are filled to the top so that they will not collapse if anything is stored on them. Use crumpled paper or padding if necessary.
Don't over-pack boxes. Overfilled boxes will rupture and topple when stacked.
Completely fill the storage unit using the full height of the room. If you don't need to retrieve your belongings don't leave any wasted space.
Label your boxes for easy access.
Books – pack them flat so you don't damage the spines. Remember not to pack too many in one box, they're heavy.
Mattresses and box springs should be stored on long edges and wrapped for protection.
Do not store food or plants.
Do not store soaps or aromatics.
Use old linens and fabrics, instead of plastic, to protect your items from dust.
If you will be accessing your storage unit regularly, leave small walkways or create a centre aisle between the boxes and furniture so you can easily get to the items you want without having to move anything around.
Store couches on end (except sofa beds).
Store each mirror and glass top in a sturdy crate on their edge, not flat.
Under no circumstances should you store anything flammable, hazardous, pressurised, toxic or combustible. No gasoline, oil, cleaning fluids or paint thinner. Also avoid liquids and aerosols that may spill or burst in your self storage unit.
Store any items you might need last so they are by the door.