Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all of your items.
Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
If you're storing furniture, store sofas on end and boxes under tables to save space.
Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard, and tape them together.
Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
Common sense and state law determines what may be stored. Do not store drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
Use trash cans to store shovels, rakes, brooms, mops, etc.
Cover mattresses and box springs and store them on flat, level surfaces.
Use protective covers, and treat wood surfaces before storing.
When storing metal items, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust.
Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on hangers in a wardrobe box.
Always use a high quality lock on your unit.