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Boxing

When boxing up items try to use smaller boxes for heavy items and larger boxes for lighter items. When stacking boxes try to put heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top. Try to avoid using garbage bags since they are difficult to stack and tear easily. Remember to label boxes with a heavy black marker.

 

Appliances

Wedge appliance doors open. Make sure refrigerator interior is wiped down and has no food inside and always thoroughly clean the inside of your stove before storing. 
 

Furniture

Protect furniture and mattresses with specially designed plastic covers. Place a pallet, cardboard mat or plastic sheet on the floor for added protection.

Furniture drawers are an excellent choice for storing fragile items as well as clothing and bedding.

 

Organize Your Storage Unit

Put large and heavy items along the walls of the storage unit. Put smaller items in the middle of the unit so that they can be easily accessed. Always try to put heavier boxes on the bottom and stack lighter boxes on top.

Consider keeping a folding ladder in your storage unit to help reach hard to get to items.

Books

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes of books directly on the floor. Books are heavy in bunches, pack books in smaller cartons for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic. 
 

 

Mirrors, Windows and Screens

Store mirrors, windows and screens on edge, not flat. Box them up in a mirror pack if possible or package them individually with strong cardboard. Mark them so they won't accidentally get bumped. 

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Lawn Equipment

When storing lawn equipment make sure to drain any fuel tanks before putting them in your storage unit. Draining fuel prevents fuel odors from settling on your other stored items plus helps avoid corrosive damage to the equipment.

Use large trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.