10 Tips on Packing to Store
1. Sizes of Boxes:
· Try to keep them uniform, this will be easier to stack
· Keep a few smaller boxes on hand for heavy items
2. Packing Boxes: Boxes should be filled to capacity
· Overweight boxes can rip or cause back damage
· Partially filled boxes can collapse when stacked
· Overstuffed boxes can tear or tip over
· Label cartons on all sides, numbering boxes for reference
· Keep a list of each box for later reference
3. Books and Magazines:
· Wrap in plastic bags or covering to avoid moisture damage
· Place books flat to avoid damage to spines.
4. Clothes and other fabric items:
· Hanging with non-metal hangers is preferable.
· Great for filling the unused space in dresser drawers or cupboards.
· Using moth balls will help to prevent damage to these items
5. Cooking Appliances:
· Clean items thoroughly to avoid attracting unwanted pests.
· Refrigerator and freezer should be dry and have the doors slightly ajar when stored to prevent mold buildup inside them.
· Don’t forget some appliances have space where boxes can be stored.
· Wood furniture should be waxed with a wood varnish to keep moisture from damaging the wood.
· Pick up a mattress bag at your local mattress store – using one will protect your mattress from being misshapen or moisture damage
· Wrap table legs with paper to avoid scratches
· Wrap electronics as you would glass or other fragile items
· Try to use original packaging or similar type box
· Do not store CDs in plastic – heat may melt it and damage your discs.
8. Fragile Items
· Wrap glass items individually
· Wrapping each item several times with packing material will prevent breakage
· Place packing material on bottom, sides and top of the box and into all gaps, this will provide extra protection.
· Pictures and mirrors should be stacked on the edge instead of flat in addition to being wrapped
· Don’t forget to clearly mark the box “FRAGILE”
9. Metal Items
· Should be wiped down with a cheap oil to avoid rust.
10 Outdoor Equipment
· Drain the tank of any equipment running that runs on gasoline
· Empty trash cans make great places to store long handled tools such as rakes, hoes, and shovels.