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Packing Items For Storage

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Packing items for storage is much like packing your household goods in preparation for a move. When items are going into storage, they must be packed in a way that will prevent them from being damaged on the way to and from the storage facility. Everything must be packed so that it can fit in a small space. When packing items for storage, it is also important for them to be packed so they are not damaged by heat, cold and humidity. However, many storage facilities are climate-controlled to prevent damage from temperature and weather conditions.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are packing items for storage:

  • Label each box with its contents. As you pack, make a running list of what is in each box. Alternatively, you might decide to number each box and make a list matching the contents of each box with the number on the box.
  • Pack light, bulky things such as sheets and pillows in large boxes. Use smaller boxes for heavier items like books and CDs.
  • If you are storing clothing, draperies or other fabrics, use a wardrobe box. These are large boxes that are designed to hang clothing in.
  • Wrap dishes and glasses individually and use packing material to protect each piece.
  • When you are packing fragile items, use packing materials as padding. You can use things such as towels and sheets if these are going into storage anyway. If you need to buy packing material, storage facilities often sell such things as bubble wrap and blank newsprint.
  • Put heavy things at the bottom of each box and lighter things at the top. Mark on the outside of the box which side should face up.
  • Pack each box tightly so the contents cannot move around in transit.
  • Avoid putting too much in one box. Only pack as much as you can lift comfortably. Most people can lift up to 40 pounds without much trouble.
  • Keep the tops of the boxes flat so they are easier to stack.
  • If you are storing furniture, disassemble it if possible. Keep the pieces together with tape or twine and use tape to secure plastic bags for screws and bolts that keep the pieces together.
  • Use a mattress cover to store mattresses. These covers protect mattresses from dust and dirt and have vents to prevent your mattress from taking on an odor while it is in storage.
  • When packing items for storage, use the original boxes to pack electronics such as TVs and computers.

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