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Packing Tips For Storage

Packing items isn’t as simple as filling the box. But packing also doesn’t have to be as difficult as we make it. We have a few tips on how to box your items while keeping you, and your belongings, protected.

1. Boxing Your Items

Packing items isn’t as simple as filling the box. But packing also doesn’t have to be as difficult as we make it. We have a few tips on how to box your items while keeping you, and your belongings, protected.

Chief Label Maker

It’s important to stay organized before, during and after your move. That’s why you should keep a permanent marker handy for labeling

A Good Read

Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines. Avoid filling an entire box full of dense novels. It makes the box too heavy for most people to lift.

Put a Lid On It

Anything left unboxed can get dusty. Fill boxes to capacity. Half-empty boxes (or half-full, depending on your perspective) can shift during transportation while corners and sides can easily collapse if there’s nothing to support them. Foam peanuts are handy for filling gaps in boxes.

Weigh It Out

Distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they are not too heavy for whoever may be lifting them.

Be Careful

Wrap all fragile items separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark "fragile" on any boxes containing breakable items. Clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents.

2. Moving Truck

Wouldn’t it be nice if moving was as easy as shoving everything in the back of a truck? Unfortunately it’s not. But here are some tips on how to make it easier.

Perfect Packing

Make sure the heaviest items are loaded against the back wall so the weight is spread out evenly. Put similarly sized items next to each other and be sure to drain liquids before securing appliances.

Do a Wheelie

If an appliance or bed has wheels, make sure you strap it down to prevent shifts during transportation.

Need a Friend

It’s helpful to assign a few friends to stacking and organizing items once they’re in the moving truck. Never underestimate the value of a well-packed moving truck.

Wrap Hard

Ensure anything fragile, like a frame or mirror, is properly padded with blankets or pillows before loading.

A Real Softy

Fill holes with extra pillows, towels, rugs, and bedding for a securely packed truck.

3. Storage Unit

It’s important to pick a storage unit with enough space for all your belongings and enough room to maneuver. The Extra Space Storage Unit Size Guide is an easy way to calculate how much space you really need. Once you’ve decided upon a size, here are some tips on how to make the most of your storage unit.

Plan Ahead

Lay down protective canvas sheeting or cardboard for cleanliness. Keep a fold-up step ladder in your space for accessing hard-to-reach areas.
Consider putting down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and/or vermin bait to protect your belongings.
Unload the largest items and place them against the walls.
Frequently used items should be placed near the entrance.
Store valuable items farthest from the door, preferably out of view.
Leave an aisle for easy access to your items.

Baby Your Appliance

Washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances work hard for you, so return the favor when you allow them to rest comfortably in a storage facility. Prevent mildew by removing water from all hoses, supply lines, internal components and surfaces. Defrost refrigerators and freezers, and make sure they’re completely dry before storage. Keep things dry and fresh by wiping some baking soda inside appliances, and leaving the doors slightly ajar.

Get the Lawn Equipment in Line

Large trashcans are perfect for storing shovels, hoes and rakes. When storing motorized lawn and garden equipment, drain fluids to avoid corrosive damage, or refer to the manufacturer’s suggestions for storage preparation.

Furniture and Larger Items

Break down furniture into smaller pieces, if possible. Cover with sheets or tarps for protection.
Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space.
If you have room to store a sofa flat, then a loveseat can be placed upside down on top of the sofa, with a table stacked on top of that.
In most cases, you can stack dryers on top of washers.

Be Creative

You can use virtually all of the space in and around your stored furniture, including other items, as storage. Fill anything that's hollow with items to maximize your available space:
Furniture drawers are good for storing fragile items.
Stack the shelves of bookcases with books, small boxes and other odds and ends.
Store boxes containing fragile goods inside of wardrobes.
Store pillows, blankets and other bedding inside washers and dryers.
Store clothes inside dresser drawers.

Close Off Temptations

When storing ovens and refrigerators, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to keep pests from making a home. Also, keep dust away by covering appliances with cotton sheets or canvas tarps, which allow for air circulation.

Finesse Your Mattress

Store your clean, dry mattress inside a protective cover. To maximize space, store your mattress vertically and avoid placing anything on top. Prevent mold growth on your mattress with climate control.

Seek Help For Exercise Equipment

Not only is it heavy and awkward to handle, but it’s sensitive too! Consider using a custom moving service that specializes in exercise equipment. They can help you with disassembly, packing and transport.

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