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How To Pack For Storage

We understand that your stuff is important to you. That means you want to and need to pack everything in such a way to keep it all safe. We have some handy packing tips to help you during the move and when placing your belongings in storage.

Organize While You Pack

Plan Ahead.
Start now and purchase your moving boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, labels and markers. You should also get mattress and furniture covers.

Seal Tightly.
Don’t just fold the flaps in on your boxes. Make sure they are packed full, and if not then add packing paper to fill in the gaps. Then securely tape them shut.

Wrap Furniture Legs.
Bubble wrap is perfect for this. But you can also use furniture covers or paper pads to help prevent scratching. If you have slipcovers on upholstered furniture, leave them in place and add a plastic cover. When you disassembled beds, tie the rails together, or bundle and tape them. Do not tap directly onto the rails, wrap something around them first like packing paper, to prevent damage to the finish. Make sure you clearly mark each piece and which parts go with which beds so you can easily assemble them later. Use plastic covers for your mattresses.

Label Boxes.
You want to use markers so you can easily read what the label says. You also want to write clearly or print out the labels if you have bad handwriting. Place a label on at least three sides of each box. Be sure to mark “fragile” on boxes with delicate items that can break if not handled carefully. Also place any “fragile” boxes on top of heavier boxes.

Pack Inside Nooks And Crannies.
Use all of the space you have! You can wrap small items and place them inside dresser drawers and inside appliances. You can also put things like linens and towels in these places. Be sure to fill the empty space around fragile items with packing paper or the linens. Then simply secure the drawers and doors with stretch wrap around the item to keep them from opening during the move.

Use Same Size Boxes.
It may seem like a good idea to get all sizes of boxes. However, it makes more sense to get many boxes of the same size. You can still have more than one size of box, but have several of each. Fill them tightly but do not over-pack them or make them too heavy. You also don’t want to under-pack and leave open space or they can collapse when stacked. Use packing paper, bubble wrap, rags, towels or blankets to fill in the empty spaces. Don’t forget to seal them up securely with tape.

Pack Heavier Items In Smaller Boxes.
Don’t fill a giant box full of books. Put heavier items in the smaller boxes so they remain easy to handle. A good tip is to limit the weight of boxes, regardless of their size, to 30 pounds or less.

Clean And Dry Appliances Before Storing.
This one is important to not overlook. You want to remove racks and drawers and thoroughly clean and dry every part of the appliance you can reach. Then secure all moving parts with paper or stretch wrap. Keep the doors closed during moving and transport. But, if you are placing them into storage you need to remember to wedge the doors open to let air flow in.

Pack Books Flat.
To protect the spines of your books, lay them flat when packing. Be sure to pad them by filling empty space with packing paper.

Use A Lot Of Paper!
Have we mentioned packing paper yet? You should get a lot of this, and plan to use it all and then some. Wrap all fragile items like dishes and glassware. Fill all empty spaces in your boxes with packing paper to cushion items and prevent damage. And, wrap each fragile item separately or they can cause each other damage.

Use Wardrobe Boxes.
If you have delicate clothes that you want to keep hanging and not fold into boxes, you need to get some wardrobe boxes. You can also hang those hard to fold items like draperies to make them easier to move.

Pack Lamps Individually.
In order to keep your lamps from damage, it is best to pack them each in their own box. Remove the lamp shade, then wrap the lamp in lots of bubble wrap or packing paper. Stuff the inside of the lampshade with packing paper to keep its shape. You can also use linens to fill the empty space around the lamp and shade for added protection, or simply use packing paper.

Pad Mirrors.
To prevent mirrors from breaking and paintings from being damaged, you need to pack them carefully. You can wrap them in bubble wrap and packing paper and even purchase special boxes made just for them. Be sure to mark the boxes as “fragile” so they are handled gently during the move.