Use sturdy boxes or plastic containers to pack your items. Avoid using paper bags or cardboard boxes that may tear or collapse.
Label your boxes with a clear description of the contents and the room they belong to. This will help you find what you need easily and quickly.
Use packing paper or bubble wrap to protect fragile items such as glassware, dishes, and picture frames. Fill any empty spaces in the boxes with packing peanuts or crumpled paper to prevent shifting during transport. Use furniture covers or blankets to protect your furniture from scratches and dust.
Disassemble large furniture such as beds, dressers, and bookcases to save space. Keep screws and small parts in labeled plastic bags and tape them to the furniture.
When preparing your refrigerators and coolers for storage, it’s important to ensure proper ventilation to prevent odors and moisture buildup. Leave the doors open and consider placing a box of baking soda inside to absorb any lingering smells. This will help keep your items fresh and ready for use when you retrieve them from storage.
To keep your mattress in good condition during storage, prop it upright against a wall. This helps prevent it from developing lumps or losing its shape. It’s also a good idea to cover it with a protective sheet or bag to keep it clean and dust-free.
Store heavy items such as books and electronics in smaller boxes to make them easier to carry and stack. Use larger boxes for lighter items such as bedding and clothing.
Place heavier boxes on the bottom of the stack, with lighter boxes on top. Stack boxes in columns to prevent them from tipping over.
Keep a clear aisle in the middle of your storage unit to make it easier to access your items. Important items you may wish to access sooner than others should be kept up front for easy access.
Avoid storing perishable items such as food, plants, and hazardous materials such as chemicals and flammables. Avoid wet or moist items as well since they can cause mold or mildew.