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Packing and Storage Tips

Packing and Storage Tips


Packing Tips

TIP #1
Make packing easier by planning ahead. Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers.

packing tape TIP #2
Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will
prevent dust from entering.
bubble wrap TIP #3
Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.
Tip #4
Label boxes on all sides for easy identification. Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes.
TIP #5
Use valuable space inside dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items such as towels, linens and small, fragile items. Secure items in drawer by filling empty spaces with towels or packing paper.
boxes TIP #6
Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes.

Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither overpack nor underpack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubblewrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.
tools TIP #7
Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes. For easier handling limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to 30lbs. or less.
TIP #8
Clean and dry appliances before storing. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.
TIP #9
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
paper TIP #10
Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.
wardrobe TIP #11
Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.
lamp TIP #12
Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.
mirror TIP #13
Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes

Storage Tips

Tip #1
Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.

Tip #2
When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.

Tip #3
Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.

Tip #4
If you’re storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.

Tip #5
Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.

Tip #6
Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.

Tip #7
Common sense and state law determines what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.

Tip #8
Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.

Tip #9
Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.

Tip #10
Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.

Tip #11
When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Tip #12
Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.

Tip #13
Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.

Tip #14
Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.

Tip #15
Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.

9 Comments to “Packing and Storage Tips”

  1. I am planning to make a move so this information is quite beneficial for me as I am not aware of it.
    Great Resource provided.

    Thanks for the share

  2. These are some great tips for keeping my thinks safe once I choose a storage unit to rent. I think that using pallets to allow for airflow is a great idea. I also love your idea for using a garbage can to keep the gardening tools in. This seems like a great way to stay organized and get the most out of the space.

  3. Thanks for the helpful tips with packing up a storage unit. I am thinking that I will need a storage unit after my recent move left me with some extra stuff laying around. I like your tip on labeling the boxes on all sides. That would make it so much easier to quickly identify where the boxes go. Thanks for the help!

  4. It’s good to know that there is an easy solution to curling photographs. I have a love for photography and think the idea of putting them in-between to pieces of taped cardboard is great! I have too many photos to count and will need to store a majority of them, thank you for your tips on storage!

  5. I really like what you said about making sure that all the boxes you put into storage are very tightly sealed up. My husband and I moving, but our house won’t be ready for a while. In the mean time, we are going to be moving in with my parents, and we will have to put a good amount of our stuff in a storage unit. I’ll be sure to seal it up, so that it’s protected.

  6. I would never have thought to place boxes on top of pallets to allow air flow. The boxes could get moldy or worn due to a number of reasons but having them off the ground could help prevent it. I will have to pass this on to my friend who is putting her things in storage. Thank you for the information!

  7. These are some really good things to know when you are the thing about using a storage unit. I liked your second tip on creating center aisle in the unit. That way it can be easy to get to everything in your unit.

  8. I’ve been trying to figure out where I’m going to store all of my stuff. I think it would work best to store them in a storage unit! I’ll make sure that I remove the legs from my tables before storing them so I can save space. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I’m going to be moving in the next few weeks so this article has been pretty helpful. I’ll have to use the packing tips for my storage bins and also the storage tips as well. Thanks for the helpful moving advice.

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