◆ Label each box clearly and on more than one side so that you can find what you need. Provide a general description such as “Kitchen” and then a short inventory such as “potholders, towels & aprons” so that no one opens the box looking for pots and pans.
◆ To make stacking easier us same-size boxes when possible. Pack heavy items in small boxes.
◆ Place boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes.
◆ Avoid storing items in plastic bags as they are less sturdy and can trap moisture.
◆ Create aisle ways to reach the back of the unit and put frequently used items near the front.
◆ Fill containers to capacity or fill extra pockets of space with packing materials to prevent the sides from crushing.
◆ Don’t use newsprint to pack anything that could be stained by the ink. Bubble wrap works best for delicate items.
◆ Metal objects like tools and bikes should be wiped with a rag containing machine oil to avoid rust.
◆ Appliances should be clean and dry. Leave refrigerator or freezer doors ajar. Some goods can be stored in appliances and stacked on top of them.
◆ Pack books flat and put boxes with books or paper on skids or pallets to prevent moisture absorption.
◆ Clothing, curtains and drapes should be cleaned and stored on hangers.
◆ Dishes and glassware boxes should have a layer of padding on top and bottom, and each item should be individually wrapped. Nest bowls and cups. Fill all pockets with packing.
◆ Stand sofas and mattresses on end on pallet or plastic sheet.
◆ Polish wood and treat leather items with a specially made
conditioner before placing them in storage to help protect from the elements.
◆ Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears and scratches.
◆ Disassemble beds and tables and wrap legs or put them upside down on floor. Stack boxes on dressers and use drawers to store delicate items. Store light chairs inverted seat-to-seat.
◆ Remove lamp shades from lamps to protect them from breaking and make them easier to move.
◆ Save and use original holiday decoration cartons. Wrap Christmas lights around a piece of cardboard and put packing paper or newsprint around all of it inside box.
◆ Wrap large lamp bases in padding and pad smaller lamps and put them in boxes. Pack delicate lamp shades separately.
◆ Pack mirrors, windows and record albums on edge.