Helpful Storage Packing Tips

Packaging is a very important, especially for long-term storage.

Inspect your storage space. The space should be clean with a door in good working order.

Determine the packing accessories you need. Paper, bubble-pack, tape, polyurethane sheeting, mattress and furniture covers, pallets, and skids.

Fill containers to capacity. Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books or tools should be packaged in small boxes so they are easy to lift. Protect your fragile goods with good packing (ie: bubble-pack or other), and place them near the top of your storage space.

Label boxes. Take home a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.

Pack the storage space carefully. Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Place a pallet on concrete floors and do not lean items against walls. Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height. Place the frequently used goods near the door.

Specific Self Storage Tips

Appliances. A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside larger appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.

Bicycles and Other Metal Items To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Books and Documents. Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on conrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same boxes as books.

Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes, and Linens Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.

Dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge.Wrapped glasses should be placed near the tip of cartons and fill all pockets with packing. Label all boxes containing glassware and don not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.

Furniture. Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas 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. Finally, place a light dust cover over your furniture.

Holiday Decorations. Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.

Lamps. Wrap large lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps and place them in boxes, and pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.

Mirrors, Windows, and Screens.. These items should be stored on edge, not flat.

Records and Phonographs. Records should be stored on edge to prevent warping. When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to prevent damage.

Tools. Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be cleaned, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.

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