Prepare your storage space by
placing a drop cloth or pallet on the floor under your goods.
Use uniform sizes of boxes and
stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
Leave an airspace around the
unit's perimeter to aid in ventilation.
Place frequently used items near the
door and leave a walkway to the rear of the space.
Wedge appliance doors open.
Freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer cartons are excellent for
packing bedding, towels and clothing. Always clean your stove before
Pack books flat to protect their
spines. Do not place boxes directly on floor, consider a pallet. Books are heavy in
bunches, pack in smaller cartons for easy lifting. Tape the boxes
Store mirrors, windows and
screens on edge, not flat. Crate them in a mirror pack if possible or
package them individually with strong cardboard. Mark them so they
won't accidentally be bumped or broken.
Take time when packing dishes and
glasses. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top
of cartons. Plates and glasses should be wrapped individually. It's
best to stack plates on edge.
Wipe the surface of bicycles, tools
and other metal items with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting.
Protect furniture and mattresses
with cloth covers. Place a pallet or cardboard underneath. Stand sofas and mattresses on end.
Make a complete list of all
goods stored including brand names, product features and serial
numbers. Keep the list in a safe place away from the storage area.
To prove ownership, keep proof
of purchase documentation, like receipts, owner's manuals or
warranties. Or make a photo or videotape record of your stored goods.
Keep this material in a place away from the storage space.