Storage and Packing Tips

The following tips will serve you well in preserving your contents in storage, but it's just as important to consider that these tips serve just as well as if you were moving.

Let's face it, even relocating some of your furniture and belongings is like a move. Most damage can come from vibration and sudden jolts while in transit. Proper materials, planning and careful packing will prove to be worth all the time and money required.

About Boxes

Uniform size boxes are recommended as they will stack much easier for moving and storage. Boxes should be filled in a complete and compact manner. Over filling or under filling should be avoided. Use larger boxes for lighter items and smaller boxes for heavier items. Boxes should be sealed with packing tape.

When moving items, cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets to protect them from scratches or debris.

Managing Inventory

Boxes should be labeled either with a number and/or list of contents.

With a numbering system, you can keep a descriptive record for locating items with ease and for keeping track of your contents. If possible, computers, stereos, and other electronics are best stored in their original boxes and packing. Place their respective cords in each box. You may want to use a coloured-sticker scheme to keep track of what ends go where.

About Securing Fragile Contents

Use proper, sturdy boxes to prevent damage which can easily occur.

It is advisable to wrap dishes, china, glasses in newspaper, tissue or bubble wrap. Although newspaper provides good padding, it can be a source of ink residue and require extra cleaning at some point. Fragile and heavy items should not be placed in the same container.

Framed pictures and mirrors can be wrapped in cardboard. Store these on end rather than flat. Mark these and other boxes with breakable contents, "Fragile".

Keep in mind that although you may thoroughly pad the sides of boxes, a firm up and down jolt while in transit can cause much damage to fragile items, such as a stack of dishes, inside the box.

Making the Most of Your Space

Make a plan before hand try to leave a centre aisle down the unit to easily access most contents in storage. If storing furniture and cabinets with drawers, take advantage of the space in these by storing silverware, small items, collectables, knick-knacks, and such. These items can be wrapped in blankets, towels or tablecloths. Of course if necessary, you can retain clothing in these hollows. In addition to the likes of dressers, cabinets, buffets, trunks and so on, large appliances serve to provide ideal packing cases for items like blankets, linen, towels, clothing and so on.

Store more valuable items in behind other items to help conceal them. If you frequently access your storage unit consider placing items you are more likely to need up front.

You may find that freestanding shelves will help you organize your space and contents.

Tables and bed frames will pack easier when disassembled and allow for more storage space. Individual pieces should be labeled for easier assembly, while the hardware can be placed in bags and identified accordingly.

Extra Things to Take Note Of:

  • Wrapping items in plastic can cause moisture retention.
  • Cleaning appliances before storage is a good idea. Keep the doors slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
  • Clothing and draperies will retain their original shape if stored on hangers in wardrobe boxes
  • Avoid rusting by rubbing a small amount of machine oil on items like metal tools, bicycles, and similar items.
  • Packing Supplies to Have on Hand
  • Sturdy Boxes
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Newspaper and/or Tissue
  • Packing Tape
  • Rope
  • Mattress & Sofa & Chair Covers
  • Rubbermaid and other air tight containers