Packing Tips

Item you will need:

  • Sturdy boxes in a variety of sizes
  • Box knife and/or scissors
  • Newspaper roll ends (preferable to news paper so the print from the pages does not soil the contents)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent markers
  • Note pad


  • Use proper packing material and sturdy boxes.  You will appreciate it in the long run. 
  • Place heavy items in smaller boxes (each box should not weigh more than 40 pounds) and lighter items in larger boxes.
  • If possible use original cartons for electronic equipment i.e. stereo equipment, televisions, as well as small kitchen appliances like microwaves.
  • Write on the outside of the box (top and side) the contents of the box and what room it will go into.  Mark FRAGILE when appropriate.
  • Also keep a list of boxes itemizing the boxes and their contents and where the boxes are stored.
  • Use plenty of news wrap or bubble wrap when packing fragile items.
  • Never use plastic or bubble wrap to protect wood.  Never use tape on wood.
  • Pack one room at a time
  • Don’t overload or overstuff boxes
  • Fill any voids with packing material to avoid items shifting
  • Tie rakes, shovels, brooms, mops etc. together and store in large garbage can
  • Don’t forget to same some boxes and packing material for those last minute items



Storage Tips


Items That Should Not Be Stored

  • Food – Never store food items.  These attract mice and other rodents and or insects and bugs.
  • Hazardous materials - items that are flammable corrosive or explosive should never be stored.
  • Plants.


Storage Tips

  • Lay down cardboard or skids on the floor of your unit.
  • Create a walkway inside your unit to allow access to your items.
  • Item you will require access to should be stored at the front of your unit.
  • Stack similar sized boxes together
  • Place sofas on their end to use less space.
  • Place mattresses and box springs on their end as well.  Use mattress covers.
  • Refrigerators should be dried completely and the door left ajar.
  • Keep a list of your stored items and keep it in a safe place.
  • Cover furniture with blankets or cardboard to prevent dust.  Do not cover with plastic.  Plastic may cause condensation and lead to must and mildew issues.
  • Ensure all items/appliances are emptied of liquid to avoid freezing and breaking. 
  • Remove gas and oil from lawn mowers etc. and disconnect any batteries.  Hazardous items may not be stored.
  • Always disassemble furniture and tables to conserve space.
Don’t forget to insure your contents.  Your items are not insured by the facility