Self Storage Tips Packing, Moving and Storage Tips Place pallets, tarps or plastic sheets on the floor of your unit before storing any items. Allow for proper ventilation by not packing items right up against the walls. Leave access space at the front of your unit, and keep your frequently used items where you can easily reach them. Stacking uniform sized boxes helps maximize your available space. Don't stack higher than you can comfortably reach. Store high value items toward the back of your storage unit in unmarked boxes. Protect furniture, including mattresses and box springs, with plastic covers and stand on end. Wipe metal items such as bicycles or tools with a slightly oily rag to protect against rusting. Never use your storage unit for items such as live animals, perishables, explosives or flammable liquid and fuels. Don't store food items that are not sealed in glass or metal containers. Take precautions against theft and damage by using a quality lock on your storage unit. Don't store paint or oil rags. Use large boxes for light items and smaller boxes for heavier ones Small boxes are suggested for books, which should be packed flat to protect their spines Utilize large items for extra storage space. Refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers are great for storing sift items such as linens, towels and clothing.