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Packing Tips For Storage

Boxing Your Items


Put a lid on it – Anything left unboxed can get dusty. Fill boxes to capacity—half-filled boxes can shift during transportation and corners and sides can easily collapse if there’s nothing to support them. Foam peanuts are handy for filling gaps in boxes.

CHIEF LABEL MAKER – It’s important to stay organized before, during and after your move. That’s why you should keep a permanent marker handy for labeling.

WEIGHT IT OUT – Distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they’re not too heavy to lift.

BE CARE-FULL – Wrap all fragile items separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items. Storing Antiques and Art

A GOOD READ – Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines. Avoid filling an entire box full of books, as it can make the box too heavy for most people to lift. Storing Important Documents

Moving Truck

Perfect packing – Make sure the heaviest items are loaded against the back wall so the weight is spread out evenly. Put similarly sized items next to each other and be sure to drain liquids from appliances.

Do a wheelie – If an appliance or bed has wheels, make sure you strap it down securely during transportation.

Need a friend – It’s helpful to assign a few friends to stacking and organizing items once they’re in the moving truck.

That's a wrap – Ensure anything fragile is properly padded with blankets or pillows before loading.

A real softy – Fill holes with extra pillows, towels, rugs, and bedding for a securely packed truck.

Storage Unit

Plan ahead
  • Lay down protective canvas sheeting or cardboard for cleanliness. Keep a fold-up stepladder in your space for accessing hard-to-reach areas.
  • Consider putting down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and/or vermin bait to protect your belongings.
  • Unload the largest items first and place them against the walls.
  • Frequently used items should be placed near the entrance.
  • Store valuable items farthest from the door, preferably out of view.
  • Leave an aisle for easy access to your items.
  • Consider the Seasons:
Furniture and larger items
  • Break down furniture into smaller pieces, if possible. Cover with sheets or tarps for protection.
  • Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space.
  • If you have room to store a sofa flat, then a loveseat can be placed upside down on top of the sofa, with a table stacked on top of that.
  • In most cases, you can stack dryers on top of washers.
Be Creative

You can use virtually all of the space in and around your stored furniture, including other items, as storage

  • Stack the shelves of bookcases with books, small boxes and other odds and ends.
  • Store boxes containing fragile goods inside of wardrobes.
  • Store pillows, blankets and other bedding inside washers and dryers.
  • Store clothes inside dresser drawers.

Baby Your Appliances – Washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances work hard for you, so return the favor when you allow them to rest comfortably in a storage facility. Prevent mildew by removing water from all hoses, supply lines, internal components and surfaces. Defrost refrigerators and freezers, and make sure they’re completely dry before storage. Keep things dry and fresh by wiping some baking soda inside appliances, and leaving the doors slightly ajar. Storing Tips for Applicances

Close Off Temptations – When storing ovens and refrigerators, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to keep pests from making a home. Also, keep dust away by covering appliances with cotton sheets or canvas tarps, which allow for air circulation.

Finesse Your Mattress – Store your clean, dry mattress inside a protective cover. To maximize space, store your mattress vertically and avoid placing anything on top. Prevent mold growth on your mattress with climate control.

Get the Lawn Equipment in Line – Large trashcans are perfect for storing shovels, hoes and rakes. When storing motorized lawn and garden equipment, drain fluids to avoid corrosive damage, or refer to the manufacturer’s suggestions for storage preparation.

Seek Help for Exercise Equipment – Not only is it heavy and awkward to handle, but it’s sensitive too! Consider using a custom moving service that specializes in exercise equipment. They can help you with disassembly, packing and transport.

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