Moving and Packing Tips


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Prior Planning

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.

Firmly Seal Boxes

Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.

Use Packing Material

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.

Label Boxes

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.

Fill Furniture Drawers

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.

Use Same Size Boxes

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.

Firmly Seal Boxes

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.

Pad Mirrors and Paintings

Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes

Pack Books Flat

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.

Use Packing Paper

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.

Use Hangers and Wardrobe Boxes

Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.

Seperate Lamps and Lampshades

Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.


Storage Tips

  • Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
  • When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
  • Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
  • If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
  • Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
  • 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.
  • Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
  • Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
  • Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
  • When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
  • Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.
  • Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.
  • Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.
  • Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.