Storage Tips

Organize and Maximize Space

  • Label the contents on all sides of each box and keep a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate items.
  • Place frequently used items near door.
  • Leave a walkway in your space and a small aisle for easy access to items at the back.
  • Use all the space available, including height.
  • Consider using shelving units to maximize space if you will be accessing your unit often.
  • Keep boxes with books, documents, and clothing moisture-free by placing them on pallets rather than directly on the concrete floor.
  • Boxes can be stacked on and packed inside large appliances.

Preparing your items for storage

  • Never store perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
  • An under or overfilled box is more likely to collapse when stacked. If there is extra space in the carton, use low weight material such as plain newsprint or packing popcorn to fill in the extra volume.
  • To keep dust out, completely seal boxes with packing tape
  • Choose high-quality packing boxes that are about the same size. This will make stacking much easier.

Clothing, Bedding and Curtains

  • Cloth items should be clean and free from soil and starch to avoid pest attacks.
  • Clothing can be stored on hangers in wardrobe boxes. Do not use plastic bags around cloth items.

Furniture and Appliances

  • Refrigerators and freezers should be completely clean and dry.
  • Keep appliance doors slightly ajar and add a box of baking soda to keep them fresh.
  • Disassemble tables and shelves. Wrap and label each piece for easy re-assembly.
  • Protect mattresses, sofas, and occasional tables with padding and furniture covers.
  • Tie the bed mechanism closed on sleeper sofas.
  • Store sofas, except sleeper sofas, on end to maximize space.
  • Place assembled tables top down on padding on floor with legs pointing up.
  • Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against walls.

Mirrors, Windows and Screens

  • These items should be stored on edge as opposed to flat.

Dishes and Glassware

  • Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of the cartons containing glassware.
  • All glass items should be individually wrapped. Nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed toward the top of the carton.


  • Carpets should be rolled right-side out and never folded to preserve the pile.


  • Where possible use the original boxes to store electronics. Label all cords.


  • Wrap large lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps then place them in boxes.
  • Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains.
  • Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.

Bicycles and Other Metal Items:

  • To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

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