Tape all appliance doors shut when moving. Wedge doors open in storage. Secure all moveable parts with
paper or wedge. Wrap a paper mat around each item for protection. Freezers, refrigerators, washers and
dryers make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels and clothing. Always clean your stove before
moving and give utility companies a few days notice to disconnect appliances.
Blankets, Drapes & Clothing
Clean then pack on hangers in wardrobe boxes.
Books are very heavy! Pack them in small cartons, holding weight to under 30 pounds. Line all book cartons
with plastic. Pack books flat so the spines aren't damaged and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover
them with plastic covers.
Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each one with packing paper and cushion them in the carton
with crumpled packing paper. Keep dish pack cartons under 30 pounds for easy handling and safe riding.
Pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases ride securely in lamp
cartons. For safety, pad them well with towels and blankets.
Wrap your mirrors in paper mats, place in mirror pack and identify them with your marker pen so you won't
accidentally bang or bump them. Plan to stand them on edge. Never store a mirror pack flat.
Wrap paintings in paper mats and mirror packs. Mark them fragile and store them on edge, never flat.
To prevent curling, place photographs between cardboard and tape together.
Tables & Other Furniture
If possible, remove legs to conserve space. Extra leaves should be tied together and padded.
Organize Your Storage Unit
- Leave a few inches of space between your items and the wall for better ventilation.
- Gather the things you are least likely to need during the time you are storing your belongings.
Place these things in the room first.
- Store heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on the top.
- Place cartons so that you can read the label which lists their contents.
- Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items.
- Place the things you are most likely to need closest to the door for easy access.
- Label boxes.
- Take home a list of labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
- Do not lean items against walls.
- Leave a walk-way to the rear of your space for easy access.
- Securely latch and lock the door to your storage room when leaving.