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Tips on Packing

COVER IT UP

Anything left uncovered can get dusty so be sure to put lids on your boxes or totes.  Wiping down items before packing them will save time when you’re ready to unpack.

FILL IT UP

Fill a box to capacity to avoid shifting of contents and possibly breaking the sides of cardboard boxes.  Fillers such as foam peanuts or crumpled newspaper are a great for stuffy empty pockets of a loaded box

LABEL IT

Don’t forget to have a heavy duty permanent marker or label maker handy to label the contents of your boxes.  The more information on the outside of a box the better to you help you remember what’s inside.  Be sure to clearly indicate “FRAGILE” on the sides of boxes holding breakables as a reminder to be extra careful with these boxes.

PROTECT IT

Remember to wrap glass items and breakables in bubble wrap or crumpled paper to keep them from breaking while moving.  Plastic totes are best for these items instead of cardboard boxes which can get easily dented or caved in corners.

SET IT ON ITS SIDE

When storing things like mirrors, screens, framed pictures, and windows, always be sure to set them on their side and not store them flat.  Also, packing books on their sides instead of laying them flat will protect the spine of the book.

BE CAREFUL

Take care while packing your storage unit.  Stacking is a good idea but be sure to put heavier boxes and objects on the bottom to prevent toppling over.  Utilizing that unused space in dresser drawers, desks, and fridges is also a great space saver.  You can store goods inside of heavy appliances and then stack boxes on top.  Don’t forget to put frequently used items closest to the door and in an easy spot to retrieve.  Please see our list of prohibited items.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

State Laws and common sense need to be used when decided what to store. Please no perishable foods and animal products, combustible, flammable, hazardous, or toxic materials