Packing Tips

If it’s fragile, pack it carefully to avoid breakage. Wrap dishes individually and use special dish boxes. Pack paper into the top, bottom and empty spaces of the carton. Tip plates and bowls on their sides and never stack heavy items.


Papers can be stored in file boxes or small boxes. However, books should be packed flat in smaller boxes because of their weight. Make sure any empty space in the box is stuffed with paper.

Wipe a few drops of oil on bicycles and tools to prevent rusting, then store those items away from furniture to avoid oil staining.


Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers. Shoes can be stored in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes, while folded clothing can be stored in boxes or dresser drawers.


Remember to keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar. Place an open box of baking soda or sprinkle some in your refrigerator to keep it fresh. Don’t forget to use the space inside appliances for storage too.


Do not store hazardous materials or perishables such as food. Also, be sure to check with your home insurance company to see if your stored items will be covered under your current plan.


Identify the contents of each box for easy reference while in storage or transit.


Get the Most Out of Your Storage Space

Beds, tables and other bulky pieces should be disassembled. Take apart lawn mowers and snow blowers, and make sure all the fuel is completely drained.


A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Now that everything is disassembled and packed, put it in your space in a way that makes sense

  • Store the items you’ll use most at the front of the unit where you can get to them easily
  • Leave a centre aisle for easy access, and remember to stack everything at least two inches from the walls to allow air to circulate
  • Store mattresses and couches on end and use protective covers
  • Shelving should be placed against the walls
  • Boxes and small items should be stored on the shelves
  • Wrap mirrors and pictures with protective wrap or use a special mirror carton and store them on end
  • Stack lighter boxes on top of bigger, heavier ones

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