Packing & Storage Tips
Access Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow for walkways.
Inventory Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
Keep Dry Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
CAUTION CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e. paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc).
Strong Boxes Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (it is best not to put too much in each box).
List Contents List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Stack Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
Wrap It Up Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Fragile Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.
Extra Storage Space Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
Appliances Larger appliances make excellent "packaging cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Stored Together Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Removeable Legs Tables having removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Sofas and Loveseats Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
Stuffed Furniture Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
Mattresses If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Smallest Space Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
Prepare Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
Sharp or Heavy Objects Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Lock It Up Use a good quality lock on your door.
Prevent Pests To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items should be stored (if absolutely necessary, food staples should be sealed in plastic zip locks within another plastic bag).
Electronics Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.