1. Load your larger items first (especially those that need to be directly on the floor—dining room tables and china cabinets, heavy desks, workout equipment, appliances, etc.). Arrange so that they use the smallest footprint possible to save space. Load smaller items on top, under and around these larger items. Stack as high as possible (we have stepladders you can borrow) to use the full 10' high ceilings. You stack, you save.
2. Load items last that you'll need during your stay, near the unit door.
3. Leave heavier boxes at the bottom of the unit. You can stack four to five boxes high, depending on size and how accessible you need them to be. Install freestanding shelves to increase your use of the 10' high ceilings.
4. Plan to leave about half the unit free for aisles if you need lots of access to most of your goods during your stay. When lifting, use the strength in your legs rather than your back.
5. Drain all hoses when storing washers. Avoid storing any food, liquids (including paint) or flammables (such as gas cans—full or empty).
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