Moving & Storage Tips

Tips for Packing Moving Boxes for Efficient and Safe Storage

Taking a little time to plan and organize will make it much easier to find things in the future and less likely that anything will get damaged during a move or while in storage.

  1. Use same size storage boxes when possible to aid in stacking.
  2. Fill each storage box completely to prevent top or sides from crushing
    • If your box is filled with odd shaped items, fill the open spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or crumpled paper.
  3. Don’t make storage or moving boxes too heavy to move, use the right storage box:
    • Larger boxes for items that don’t weigh too much.
    • Heavy duty boxes for books and heavy objects
    • Consider wardrobe boxes for your clothing to allow them to hang while in storage.
  4. Stack books instead of standing them on end to preserve the spines.
  5. Stack plates on end after wrapping individually. Place like-sized items together and nest individually wrapped cups together.
  6. Wrap framed art in bubble wrap and use protective corners.
  7. Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors and glass covered art.
  8. Store framed mirrors and artwork vertically – not flat.
  9. Label storage and moving boxes clearly
    • Label on more than one side of each box.
    • Label “fragile” boxes.
    • Write a general description or small inventory on each box to make it easier to find what you need when unpacking.
  10. Clean items such as clothing, blankets, curtains and furniture before storing.
  11. Cover furniture with sheets or tarps for protection.
  12. Organizing Your Items for Moving & Storage
    • Place heavy items on the bottom of your moving van or storage unit.
    • Place items that you use the least at the front of the moving van so they can easily be placed at the back of your storage unit.
    • Place valuable items at the back of your storage unit.
    • Place boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes.
  13. When choosing a storage unit, plan for a little more room than you expect your belongings to take up. This will allow space to walk between stacks of items and make it easier to find what you need after you store it. Leave a little room between walls and stored items to improve ventilation.

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