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Packing Storage Tips

  • Plan ahead. Place items you may need to get to often in the front of your space. Allow for walkways if you'll need periodic access to items.

  • Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home, or in a safe deposit box. Also make a copy for your insurance company to have on record.

  • For easy stacking, use uniform size boxes. Be sure they are strong enough to hold 20-30 pounds. NEVER store cardboard boxes directly on the concrete. Instead, place them on pallets or use plastic bins.

  • List contents on all four sides of the box. Number the boxes and seal them with cello tape, fiber tape, or glued paper tape. Use inventory sheets to track the boxes.

  • Wrap dishes and glasses in plain paper and pack them in sturdy boxes. Set these boxes on top of others.

  • Drawers in dressers and tables can be used to store knickknacks and other small items. Wrap them in towels, tablecloths, or blankets to prevent breakage.

  • Blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothing can be packed inside large appliances. Place blankets, sheets, or plastic on top of the stored items.

  • To save floor space, sofas and love seats can be stored on end. Wrap cushions in plastic and stack them on top of the sofa.

  • If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they may bend out of shape and become lumpy. Pack them in mattress cartons or plastic to prevent damage.

  • NEVER store anything toxic or combustible. 

  • Drain water out of any water-containing appliances such as a washing machine.

  • Make sure appliances, boxes, and containers do not contain food items that may attract insects or rodents.

  • Be sure to place a good lock on your storage space.