Packing and Storage Tips

  • Label all boxes on all sides for easy identification from any angle.
  • Try to keep boxes uniform in size.
  • Completely fill each box with heavier items in first and lighter items on top. Use paper to fill in empty areas to avoid boxes from collapsing.
  • Bring in the largest items first, appliances and then furniture.
  • Keep mirrors upright, tie them in place or place them between a mattress and box spring. Never flat.
  • Position long items such as box springs, mattresses, tabletops and sofas along the sides and up on end.
  • Pack books, videos and CDs in smaller boxes to avoid getting too heavy.
  • Put heavy boxes at the bottom and lighter ones on top.
  • Plan your storage space. Items that you will use most often should be placed at the front of the unit.
  • Leave a center aisle for easy access.
  • Use the space in bookshelves and entertainment centers for boxes.
  • Odd shaped items may fit along side or on top of other items.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Cushions can be placed on top.
  • Tables with removable legs can be “broken down” to save space.
  • Remember to leave refrigerator and freezer doors open slightly. The areas inside can be used for extra space.
  • To prevent tools from rusting, wipe on a few drops of oil. Store away from such items as furniture to avoid staining.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trashcans.
  • Drain all gas and oil from lawnmowers, trimmers, etc.
  • Make an inventory of all items being stored and keep it in a safe place at home.