Getting Started:

  • Start by gathering all the necessary items: boxes, tape, markers, packing peanuts, bubble wrap and newsprint. Keep these items in one area so they are easily found and accessible while packing.
  • Keep track of your items by marking all four sides of the boxes with a number, letter or code. When packing keep track of what is in each box by writing down the number and what is in the box. If you need something from your unit this will allow for you find it quickly without the hassle of unpacking and repacking all your boxes.
  • Plan your space, if there are items that you will need access to then be sure to place these items in last or create an aisle down the center for easy access.
  • When planning your space be sure to allow for airflow. Use pallets or strips of wood underneath your items. Also never place your items directly against the wall or on the floor. Under certain weather conditions the floor and walls could be subject to condensation.

Protect Your Items:

  • Avoid unwanted pests by NOT using boxes from your supermarket/liquor store. Packing your stuff in used boxes from the supermarket or liquor tends to smell like foods / liquor and can attract unwanted guest.
  • Pack FRAGILE items as dishes and glass items should be wrapped in paper or bubble wrap. Make sure to pack these items into a sturdy box and mark the box FRAGILE. When storing these items be sure to stack these boxes on top and where you can see the word FRAGILE.
  • CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint)
  • Stack the lighter boxes on top of the heavier boxes to prevent damage.
  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Protect against dust by covering your items with cardboard or blankets, this is especially good for stuffed furniture such as couches and chairs.
  • When storing your mattress to save space you can stand it on their side. However be sure to prop them up so they stand straight and don’t bend and become lumpy. Also protect your mattress by covering it with a plastic or purchase a mattress bag.


Think Outside the Box:

  • Drawers can be used to store fragile item such as knick knacks, pictures, glasses. china and more. Just be sure to wrap them in newspaper, towels, tablecloths or bubble wrap to keep them safe.
  • Refrigerators and freezers are great places to store items like blankets, towels, and clothes.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trashcans.
  • Use similar sized boxes for easy stacking and to maximize your space.
  • Tables that have removable legs should be removed. This saves a large amount of space.
  • Store your couch and love seat on their ends to save space. Be sure to wrap the cushions in plastic or use a large trash bag and place on top of sofas.