TIPS for Packing Items
- Use furniture drawers items and wrap and label them FRAGILE. Bubble wrap and packing paper are excellent for these purposes.
- Pack toys or smaller objects fill boxes completely stuffing open areas with newspapers to prevent collapsing when stacked.
- Drain any fluids prior to storage to avoid corrosive damage when storing lawn and garden equipment,
- Use cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
- Use specially constructed boxes such as wardrobe boxes, when storing delicate heirlooms. Remember to label these boxes FRAGILE
- Mattresses should be covered
- Break down items such as table legs before packing. To save space, store tabletops and sofas on end.
- Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
- Store business files and inventory, label all boxes and arrange them as aisle so files are easily seen and accessible.
- Get rid of items you won't need BEFORE you pack and store them Storing things "just in case" can take up valuable storage space.
- Allow plenty of time (a couple of weeks) to pack.
- Obtain sturdy boxes — those that can hold 20-30 pounds
- Try and use boxes with similar dimensions, which makes for easier stacking.
- Put heavy items in smaller boxes, and larger, more awkward-sized items in larger boxes. Utilize the space inside each box as much as possible, without overfilling.
- Wrap fragile items individually in packing material such as tissue, packing paper, or bubble wrap. This includes items such as china, glassware, mirrors, pictures, etc. Pack these items together and mark FRAGILE. Do not pack heavy items in the same boxes with fragile items.
- List the contents on the outside of each box. You may find it helpful to make a detailed list on paper and tape this to the box.
- Items may be stored in drawers of furniture to free up space. Make sure to tape drawers and cabinets shut. Non-fragile items may also be stored in appliances.
- Use heavy-duty packaging tape to seal each box.
FAQ for Storing Items
- Wrap mattresses in plastic to prevent damage
- Remove all gasoline from items with engines, such as lawn mowers.
- Remove legs from furniture, place in protective wrap, and secure legs to the furniture they came from. If legs do not detach, store furniture with legs upright, if possible. Do not store furniture directly on floor of storage space — lay something underneath furniture, such as cloth or cardboard.
- Clean out and dry refrigerators and freezers. Leave doors to these and other appliances open for ventilation.
- Store papers, files, and folders in file boxes and fill vacant space with packing material such as tissue paper. Line top and bottom of boxes (inside) with plastic to prevent damage from moisture.
- Use oil on metal (tools, bicycles, etc.) to prevent rust.
FAQ for Organizing
- Put storage or skids on the floor of your storage space before moving items in.
- Plan for a walkway in your storage space for easy access to items in the rear.
- Store frequently used items in the front of your space, and less frequently used items in back.
- Draw a diagram with the layout of your storage space, with information on where your items are.
- Do not store items directly against walls. This allows for ventilation.
- Keep heavier items and boxes on the bottom, and lighter items on the top for easy access.
- Keep mirrors and pictures on their sides for better utilization of space and less risk of breakage.
- Store mattresses and sofas on end for better utilization of space.
- Cover items not in boxes with blankets or towels to protect from dust.
Other Suggestions for Movers
- Arrange for moving trucks and service well in advance.
- Have a garage sale before packing and storing your items to eliminate unnecessary storing and moving. If you don't want to do this, donate unwanted items.
- Transfer all necessary records to your new residence, such as driver's license, insurance, subscriptions, etc.
- Fill out a Change of Address form from the post office.
- Transfer/close bank accounts, if necessary.
- Disconnect all utilities and settle these and other accounts.