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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.
  • How do I choose the right unit size?
  • 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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