Consider using shelving to maximize your storage space.
Do not store perishables, such as food.
Clean and drain all appliances thoroughly before storing them.
Store heavy, large items on the bottom, and fill in the rest of the space with boxes.
Leave an open aisle in the space so you can easily get to items stored in the back of the unit.
Clean rugs and draperies before storing.
Heavy paper is better than bubble wrap for packing items like dishes and glasses. Bubble wrap is bulkier and actually offers less protection than paper, which adheres more closely to packed items and is usually cheaper to use because less of it goes a longer way.
To save money on all packaging materials, ask your moving company if it sells or even gives away used packing materials. You can also use towels or clothes to wrap dishes or glassware.
Reduce the number of clothing boxes by keeping soft items such as clothing, socks and undergarments inside dressers during the move. Be careful to remove hard items from furniture before moving, such as the contents of a desk.
Don't forget to take out trinkets like perfume bottles from dressers. Their contents can ruin the furniture's finish.