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Packing Tips


  • Utilize all the space in your unit.  Plan as to how you are going to arrange your items.  A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit. Leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit.

  • Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference.  This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular.  

  • When packing boxes fill them without making them too heavy to lift.  Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top of the heavier ones. Keep boxes off the floor.

  • Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.

  • To protect your items cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.

  • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc.  This will save space.  Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you must reassemble them.  

  • Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.

  • When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos, things that have numerous cords, place small colored stickers on the cord and the same color sticker where the cord goes. 

  • Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them.  Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.

  • If it is possible, store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat.  Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items.  When stacking furniture use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.

  • Store mattresses and box springs on long edges.  Wrap for protection and elevate off the floor. Use two to three 2 x 4's cut to 1 foot long.

  • Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.  Pack books flat to protect their spines.

  • When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables.  Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.

  • Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes. Keep out of season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.

  • Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items.  They have tight fitting lids and stack easily.  Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit to ensure privacy.


  • Do not use plastic to cover your belongings.  It retains moisture.  Only use plastic coverings that are labeled for storage use.

  • Do not store any food items.  This will prevent any unwanted guests.

  • Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them.  Especially when you are packing books.

  • Do not use printed newspaper or magazines for wrapping.  The ink may smudge and get on your items.

  • Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.

  • Do not store any toxins or flammables such as paint, oil, or gasoline.

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