Storage & Packing Tips


22 Helpful Storage & Packing Tips

  1. Place items you may need to get to in front
  2. Allow for walkways
  3. Place your items on 2″ x 4″ boards or pallets to guard against dampness, concrete floors may become damp
  4. Make an inventory of  stored items and keep it in a safe place
  5. Use uniform sized boxes for easy stacking
  6. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30lbs (it’s best not to put too much in each box)
  7. List contents of  boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, and seal them with heavy plastic tape
  8. Stack  lighter boxes on top of  heavier ones
  9. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “Fragile, and stacked on the end
  10. Sofas and love-seats can be stored on the end to save space, with cushions wrapped and place on top
  11. Caution: Do not store leather sofas or love-seats on the end
  12. Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or protective covering, to protect against dust
  13. If you stand mattresses on their sides, ‘prop’ them up so they stand straight, keeping them from bending out of shape and becoming lumpy
  14. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper, packed in sturdy boxes, and stacked on top
  15. Caution: Do not store anything combustible such as gasoline, solvents, paints, etc.
  16. Drain out all remaining gasoline from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, snow-mobiles, etc.
  17. Tables having removable legs should be ‘broken down’ to save space
  18. Furniture with drawers can be used to store delicate items wrapped in bubble wrap, table cloths, towels or blankets, to prevent breakage
  19. Large appliances make excellent ‘packing cases’ for blankets, towels, table cloths, and clothes
  20. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored in empty trash cans, stacking extra cans inside each other
  21. Appliances need to be clean and dry
  22. Remember to leave the refrigerator door slightly opened