Helpful Storage Tips

Packing your Space

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  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage space.
  • Clothing, rugs and anything fabric related should be clean and free from anything that may attract pests.
  • Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
  • List contents of boxes on 3x5 note cards instead of on each box. Number the boxes to match card numbers. Keep cards in a safe convenient place for use when unpacking.
  • Load furniture first and boxes last in the truck. It will make it easier when you unload at your storage space.
  • Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
  • Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.


  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes.
  • Using boxes that are uniform in size make them easier to stack.
  • Put Heavier Boxes on bottom
  • Number/Label boxes
  • Use plastic tote bins for items you will need frequent access to

Residential - Home / Apartment Storage Tips

  • To prevent rusting rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment. Drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
  • Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
  • Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
  • Wrap sofas in heavy blankets and, if possible, stand on end. Disassemble furniture and wrap table legs in paper. If furniture, such as a table, will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with legs pointing up. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on other furniture. Keep upholstery off the floor. Place plastic covers over upholstered items and mattresses.
  • Never store perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids & fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.
  • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.
  • Leave a walkway to the rear of the unit
  • Place frequently retrieved items near the front.
  • Place pallets or plastic on the floor.
  • Place valuables in the rear of the unit.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space.
  • Tables having removable legs should be "broken down" to save space.
  • If you've collected lots of books over time, it's a great time to reevaluate what you really want to keep. Never pack more than 30 pounds of books in a box. Use small boxes and pack books flat so the corners won't break.
  • Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them