Keep a fold-up step stool in your space for accessing hard-to-reach areas.
Frequently-used items should be placed near the entrance for easy access. This holds true for file boxes and other business items, too.
When arranging items, leave an aisle space for easy access to your items. You can either leave aisles between your stack of boxes and furniture, or line up all your furniture and boxes against the outside walls of the unit in a “U” shape, leaving the inside of the U as open space for furniture and other large items.
Break down furniture into smaller pieces, if possible. Take the legs off of tables, disassemble bed frames and lean them against the wall, etc.
Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them against scratches, dust and other damage..
Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space. Stand sofas on end when possible.
If you have room to store a sofa flat, then a love seat can be placed upside down on top of the sofa, and a table stacked on top of that. Try not to stand sofas or love seats up on there sides cause as time goes on the stuffing in the cushions will shift to one side.
Chairs can be stacked seat to seat.
You can tie tools and long-handled items such as rakes, snow shovels and brooms in bundles. Or, put them inside garbage cans to keep them neat.
Mirrors and framed artwork should never be stored flat, as they can collapse under their own weight.
Be sure when stacking boxes and containers that you can clearly see the labels you put on them.
When stacking boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.
Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space
You can use virtually all of the space in and around your stored furniture, including other items, as places to store more items. Fill anything that’s hollow with items to maximize your available space.
Stack the shelves of bookcases with small boxes and other odds and ends
You may be thinking that all this planning, preparing and setting up your self-storage unit may seem like a big project. You’ll find the time and effort are worth it, though, when you discover the peace of mind that comes with knowing your belongings are protected, conveniently accessible and well-preserved.