Choose the right box size: Use smaller boxes for more fragile items like dishes and glassware, and larger boxes for lighter items, like linens, blankets, and bedding. Its easier to move several smaller or medium sized boxes than one large heavy box. Use smaller boxes for heavier items, like books & tools. Its tempting to use garbage bags, but they tear easily & have poor ventilation, possibly causing mold.
Pack snuggly: Don’t try to jam items to make the box “full”, over time in storage the box may split. However, too loosely packed boxes can settle over time and fall inside your unit. The boxes shouldn’t weigh more than you can comfortably lift. Use filler (packing peanuts, bubble wrap, foam sheets) to maintain a snug fit. Keep the boxes “square” when sealing the ends & center.
Use Hanging Wardrobe Boxes: Prevent damaging clothes by hanging them in a specially designed wardrobe box. You may also use them to hang drapes, bedding or garden tools.
Seal with Quality Tape: Keeping the box “square” while sealing at the top and bottom is important to maintain its structural strength. Use good quality packing tape rather than masking tape, duct tape, electrical tape, first aid tape or common desk tape. Seal the boxes on the edges and across the middle for both the bottom & top sides. >
List Contents: List the contents on each box on at least two sides. This will save you from having to open boxes looking for something later. Items that require being stored in an upright direction should be marked with an “UP” & arrow.
Care for Power Tools: Wipe clean any metal items that may have had oil lubricating them, such as bicycles, tools, machines. Drain fluids from ALL equipment, such as; lawnmowers, trimmers, snow blowers, leaf blowers, chain saws. This will help your unit be safer and free from adopting a fuel odor that taints your clothing, bedding & furniture.
Mattresses: Wrap protective covers over your furniture & mattresses. Stand mattresses on their sides propped up tightly against the walls of the unit, otherwise they may become bent out of shape and damaged.
Bag the screws & parts: For those small things used to disassemble larger household items, place them in appropriately sized Zip bags, label them as to what they are for, & place them in a drawer or tape to the bottom of the item they are used to assemble back together.>