Packing & Storage Tips

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1. Prepare

Before your move, prepare by gathering boxes, tape, markers and packing materials (i.e. packing peanuts, bubble wrap, newsprint). Keep these items in one area of the house so they are easily found and accessible while you are packing. We sell a full line of discounted moving supplies in our rental office!

2. Used Boxes

While we love recycling…packing your stuff in used boxes from the supermarket or liquor store should be avoided. These boxes can smell like foods / liquor and will attract unwanted pests or damage your goods! We sell professional, quality, new boxes and moving supplies at discounted prices. Ask about our “bundle discounts”!

3. FRAGILE

Dishes, glasses and fragile items should be wrapped in paper or bubble wrap and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top and be sure to label them “FRAGILE”. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

4. Plan Ahead

Plan your storage space ahead of time. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access.

5. Box Size

Use similar sized boxes for easy stacking and to make the most of your space.

6. Space

Rent the correct amount of space your will need. If you expect to add more "stuff" consider a larger size unit in the beginning. However because your rental is month to month you have the option to expand to a larger space or reduce to a smaller space at any time. Additional storage units may also be rented.

7. Inventory

Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in the unit for future visits. Simply number all four corners of each box. Write that number on the paper and note the contents. Using this system can save you much time later when you need something from one of those several boxes in your storage space.

8. CAUTION

Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, propane)

9. Stack by Weight

Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.

10. Extra Storage

Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.

11. Packaging Cases

Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

12. Save Space

Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.

13. Sofas Storage

Most sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.

14. Heavy objects

Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

15. Dust

Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

16. Mattresses

If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy. Cover your mattress with a plastic mattress cover for protection. Mattress covers available for sale in our rental office.

17. Metal Items

Wipe any items made of metal (bikes, metal tables, tools, etc.) with machine oil to prevent rusting.

18. Don’t stack directly against walls

Leaving a few inches for air circulation will help keep your things fresh and clean. Also a good idea not to place cardboard boxes directly on concrete floors as they can draw dampness through the floor. Placing a few boards under boxes will allow air circulation.