• Label your containers and boxes on several sides for easy locating.

  • We recommend using containers with lids rather than boxes for air tight stacking purposes. Boxes will collapse over a period of time.

  • We recommend that you avoid storing your belongings in plastic bags because humidity can cause damage to your goods.


  • Place a pallet on the floor to prevent moisture, and stand sofas and mattresses on end.

  • Protect mattresses and furniture with pads, sheets or plastic dust covers.

  • Disassemble bed frames and tables with legs.

  • Lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables that cannot be disassembled.


  • Fill interiors of appliances with linens, clothes or stuffed animals to save space.

  • Refrigerators and freezers should be completely dry. Open doors to prevent mold.

  • Stoves and ovens should be cleaned before storing.

  • Stuff towels between the washing machine and the inner tub of the machine to keep the tub from rotating.


  • If storing wool items, use mothballs or cedar chips to prevent moth damage.

  • Keep out-of-season clothes accessible, your belongings may be in storage longer than you anticipate.

  • Clothing that hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.


  • Wrap with paper pads and/or cardboard. Mark the items as “FRAGILE.” Stand them straight up.

  • Items should be stored on their sides, never flat.


  • Use the original packing for electronic items if possible.

  • When you disassemble electronics that have numerous cables, such as computers and stereos, place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes.