Use high-quality packing boxes designed especially for the job, not "grocery store" cartons. You can order packing supplies and boxes from this site or buy them at our stores.
Pack books and other heavy objects in smaller boxes for easier lifting.
If you need to store clothes, use wardrobe boxes so you can hang your garments.
Use the same size boxes for easy stacking.
Fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newsprint to prevent collapsing when stacked.
Seal boxes completely with packing tape to keep out dust.
Store couches (except sofa-beds) on end to maximize space.
Protect mattresses and furniture with pads and covers.
Wrap mirrors and pictures with paper pads, or use mirror boxes. Never store these items flat.
Label all boxes on several sides for easy locating.
Disassemble tables and shelves and store on their sides. Wrap and mark all pieces for easier re-assembly.
Leave a center aisle for easy access to all items.
Use shelving to maximize your storage space.
Store items you'll need most often at the front of your unit. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly ajar and clean before storing. And don't forget to use the space inside for extra storage.
Don't stack boxes too high so that getting what you need becomes dangerous or overly time consuming.
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