Maximize your storage space:

  • Plan your storage space. Put heavier items on the bottom and place in a horseshoe shape - this will give you easy access to all your items. Place frequently used items near the front or on top.
  • Fill containers to capacity. Partially full OR bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items such as books or tools should be packed in small boxes. If a carton is too heavy, it will be hard to lift.
  • Use all the space available, including the height (our units are extra tall - ranging from 9' to 11' tall). Disassemble items such as bed frames and tables.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for knick-knacks, china, silverware, and other small items. Wrap them in your tablecloths, towels or blankets.
  • Large appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothing.
  • Sofa and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover on the end that rests on the floor. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

Packaging Techniques:

  • Dishes or glasses should be wrapped in newspaper, dishcloths or bubble wrap and packed in sturdy boxes with cushioned tops and bottoms. Fragile items should be cushioned by packing and placed toward the top of the unit.
  • Boxes should be staked on 2"x 4" boards or pallets to prevent dampness damage (concrete floors can become cold and damp).
  • Use uniformly sized boxes for stacking. Boxes can be purchased through us or you can pick them up free at most grocery stores. Be sure the boxes are sturdy enough to hold 25-30 pounds.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard, plastic, or old bedding to protect against dust.
  • Mattresses should be propped up so they stand straight to prevent them from bending out of shape, and should be covered to prevent dust (covers available here).

Organize:

  • List content of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes; seal them with masking or packaging tape. Take home the list of the labeled cartons for easy reference when you need to locate your property.