Packing and Storing Tips

Good planning and proper packing are the keys to helping make the experience of moving as stress-free as possible.

Below are some tips to help you keep organized and store your belongings safely, economically and efficiently.

Storage Planning List

  • Take an inventory of everything you plan to move
  • Make a list of the supplies you will need for packing
  • Clean and dry things completely before packing
  • Drain all fluids from any tools, appliances and machinery such as lawn mowers
  • Take photos of any valuables for your insurance company

Packing

  • Use boxes of similar size for easy stacking
  • Be sure to fill each box fully to prevent areas of collapse
  • Wrap breakables individually with bubble wrap, packing paper or newspapers
  • Keep a detailed list of what goes into each box
  • Label your boxes clearly on one or more sides
  • Utilize items such as a washer, refrigerator or empty drawers to store clothes and linens

Storage Tips List

  • Place plastic sheeting on the floor or consider using wooden pallets
  • Utilize all of the space in your unit by storing vertically when possible and stacking chairs
  • Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones
  • Leave small spaces around boxes and side walls for air ventilation
  • In larger units, leave an aisle space down the middle so you can easily reach the contents
  • Make sure you can see the box labels easily
  • Cover your belongings with a large piece of loosely fitted plastic or mattress / furniture covers
  • Use ‘Damp Rid’ or similar non-odor producing mildew and mold preventatives in non-climate-controlled units
  • Draw a ‘map’ of your unit to note where specific items are placed
  • Never store items that are considered flammable, corrosive or combustible or that will create unpleasant odors, like paint, chemicals or mothballs
  • Check your unit often