Storage Tips for Your Belongings
Partially full or bulging boxes may collapse or tip over while being stored.
Labeling helps you to access the items quickly and easily.
Pack books in a flat position to protect the spines of the books. Use small boxes to avoid cartons that are too heavy to move. Put heavy items on the bottom.
Glass items should be individually wrapped. Use blank wrapping paper for the best results. You can nest cups and bowls, stand your plates and platters, and fill air pockets with wrapping paper or foam peanuts. Do not put breakable goods under other boxes.
Wrap all glass items well. You can store on edge, and avoid flat positioning.
Pack lamp shades separately. Use blank paper to wrap lampshades and other items that may be damaged by ink stains from regular newsprint.
Stand sofas and mattresses on end and disassemble beds and tables. Wrap sofa legs in wrapping paper. Keep upholstery off the floor and place loose and light plastic dust covers or sheets over furniture.
Thoroughly clean the appliances. Refrigerators and freezers must be defrosted and dry. Make sure your washing machines are completely drained. Remove the doors of appliances, and store them separately. Desiccants (drying agents) should be used, and containers should be checked and emptied regularly. Take apart lawnmowers and snow blowers. Always ensure that all the fuel is completely drained.
Wipe a few drops of oil on bicycles and tools to prevent rusting. Later, store these items away from furniture to avoid oil staining.
Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers. Shoes can be stored in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes, while folded clothing can be stored in boxes or dresser drawers.
Put pallets, or a grid of 2’ x 3’s on the unit floor to give better air circulation for the goods. Leave a walkway or aisle to the rear of the unit. Do not over pack the unit.