Storage And Packing Tips
- Store more frequently needed items in front of unit.
- Use specially designed covers (sold in office) to protect furniture, mattresses and box springs.
- Always think vertical. Stack items floor to ceiling, using dressers and tables as means of stacking boxes and lighter items upward.
- Break down furniture by removing detachable legs.
- Stack chairs and other wood furniture by placing blankets or towels between them to help protect them while storing.
- Wedge open appliance doors to allow air to circulate inside.
- Allow space between larger pieces of furniture and the unit walls for air circulation.
- Drain fuel tank of all gas-powered lawn equipment to help prevent corrosion and reduce unpleasant odors.
- Use trash cans to store gardening tools such as rakes, shovels, etc.
- Store large furniture (table tops and couches) on its end to optimize space.
- Clean furniture, boxes and unit of all food and perishables.
- Don't store any food or perishable items.
- Don't store any combustibles (paint and other chemicals).
- Be sure to label boxes while packing, and place them in the unit with the label visible.
- Use large boxes for lighter items such as pillows, blankets, etc., and use smaller boxes for heavier items like books, DVDs and electronics. Boxes are sold at our office.
- Pack small items carefully and avoid using trash bags as items tend to break and mildew due to lack of ventilation.
- Don't overload boxes; you shouldn't have to strain when moving them.
- If packing items of different weights in the same box, be sure to put heavier items on bottom and label "this end up."
- Be sure to wrap breakables carefully in newspaper or bubble wrap.
- Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothing or draperies so the fabric breathes and doesn't wrinkle. Wardrobe boxes are sold at the office.
- Furniture drawers can be used to store small, well-wrapped breakable items.
- Fill boxes completely, and stuff extra space with newspaper to help prevent collapsing when stacked.