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Tips & FAQs

Storage Tips & FAQs

How do I plan what I want to store?

  • Start by making a list of the items you plan to store.
  • Group the items according to how you will organize them.
  • Identify the items that will be packed in boxes and stacked.
  • Prioritize boxed items you will want to access most frequently (they’ll go closer to the front of the unit.)

Is there a best way to store items?

  • Group your items by fragility or weight – heavier, sturdier items should be stored on the bottom of stacked items, fragile items on the top.
  • Consider awkwardly sized items that won’t stack well, including how often you will need to use them and how heavy they are.

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How do I organize and pack my items?

  • Box everything that you can so it doesn’t become dusty
    while stored.
  • Clearly label all boxes on more than one side for easy identification.
  • Fill boxes to capacity to ensure contents don’t shift during
    transport or lifting.
  • Wrap fragile items and breakables (dishes, glasses, ornaments etc.) separately. Tip plates and bowls on their sides and never stack heavy items.
  • Pack fragile items tightly into reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakables and store them on top.
  • Wrap mirrors and pictures in bubble wrap and mark them as “Fragile.”
  • Pack books flat in small boxes to avoid damage to their spines.
  • Papers are best stored in file boxes or small boxes.
  • Store clothes in wardrobe boxes with built-in hanging rods. Shoes can be stored in the base of wardrobe boxes. Folded clothing can be stored in boxes, dresser drawers or vacuum-sealed bags.
  • Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them.
  • Mattresses and upholstered furniture should be covered in sheeting for additional protection.
  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers and store with doors slightly ajar.
  • Drain washing machines and store with hoses and cords tied down.
  • Wipe the inside of appliances with baking soda to keep them dry.
  • Clean out bags or canisters of vacuum cleaners to deter bacteria and mold.
  • TV’s, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes if possible.
  • Wipe down tools and bicycles with oil to avoid rust formation.
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