Use strong boxes and containers that
can be stacked.
Fill boxes completely to keep them
from collapsing and damaging
Pack books and heavy items in small
boxes for easier lifting.
Put the heavy boxes on the bottom
and the light ones on top.
dishes and fragile items.
Label each box on several sides and
indicate if it is fragile and what
room it should go in.
Disassemble furniture for easier
moving and storage.
Stand sofas on end, if possible.
Take advantage of the tops of
dressers and the like to stack boxes
and other items.
Stand mattresses on end and break
down bed frames.
All stored items should be clean of
food stains and particles.
Save money and room by using towels
and blankets to wrap fragile items.
Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothing;
remember to fill the bottom of the
wardrobe box with shoes, pillows, or
other light items.
Protect furniture with shrink-wrap,
blankets, or pads to avoid damage.
Leave a walkway to the rear of the
unit. This provides better
accessibility to all of your items.
Disassemble items such as bed frames
to maximize space.
Place frequently used items near the
Fill containers to capacity.
Partially full or bulging cartons
may tip or collapse.
Store couches on end to maximize
Place fragile items near the top of
the unit to prevent crushing.
Label your cartons and take home a
list of the labeled cartons for easy
Take full advantage of your space.
Use the full height if possible.
Shelving helps organize your space.
Add bay leaves to boxes when packing
goods to ward off most insects and
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors
slightly ajar and clean before
storing. Use the space inside for
extra storage of other kitchen
Wrap mirrors and pictures with paper
pads or use mirror boxes. Never
Appliances - Make sure all
refrigerators and freezers are
thoroughly dry. Store them with the
door ajar so air can circulate
inside. Be sure the doors on other
types of appliances are securely
shut, and always clean your stove
Bedding and Linens - Use your
dresser drawers when possible to
store blankets, pillows, sheets and
Books - Books are heavy, so be sure
you pack them in small boxes.
Chairs - Invert light chairs so they
are "seat-to-seat." There usually is
space between the legs for small,
Chest of Drawers - Take advantage of
drawers for packing many light
household items such as photos and
clocks. If the items are fragile, be
sure to use towels or other padding
to protect them from breakage.
China and Glassware - Plates should
be wrapped individually and stacked
on edge, rather than flat. Always
make sure you have plenty of
cushioning below and above all your
glassware. Glasses should also be
wrapped individually with cushioning
and put on the top layers of any of
these boxes with more cushioning
above them. Make sure your boxes are
firmly packed so they will not be
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Clothing - It's best to hang
clothing whenever possible. Use
Drapes - Fold your drapes carefully
and pack them in dresser drawers, if
Fragile Items - Many small fragile
items can be stored safely in your
dresser drawers surrounded by
blankets and pillows.
Lamp Shades - Use clean white tissue
paper to wrap each lampshade
individually. Often you can "nest"
several lampshades together. Use a
special box for all of these shades,
rather than packing them with other
Mattresses - Use special
bags or even
old mattress covers to keep them
clean during moving and storage.
Mirrors - Always stand mirrors on
edge. It's best if you can crate
them, or at least pack them
individually with strong cardboard
and mark them so they won't
accidentally be bumped.
Tables - Take the legs off tables
when possible and wrap the legs
separately. This prevents possible
damage and also saves space. Tape
the hardware to the underside of the
table, so you will not misplace it.
Tools - Don't put too many heavy
tools in one box, since it may be
heavier than you expected. It's a
good idea to wipe your tools with a
slightly oily rag to prevent
rusting. Long handled rakes, hoes
and shovels should be cleaned, oiled
and tied together.