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Packing & Storage Tips
Packing & Storage Tips
Rent the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full.
Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.
Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.
CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
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 of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
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.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture
Cover upholstered furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight to prevent them from bending out of shape.