Tips for Storing Your Items

Your items are worth caring for.  Read through our valuable tips for storage: 

*  Place the items that you'll need most often at the front.

*  When you pack your storage space, create a center aisle for easier access to all items.

*  Use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items rather than placing boxes directly on concrete floors.  (this will help to avoid possible moisture absorption)

*  If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove the legs to save space. Wrap table legs in paper for added protection from nicks and scratches. 

*  Photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.

*  Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.

*  Use trash cans to store shovels and rakes.

*  Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.

*  Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.

*  To retard rust when storing metal items and metal tools, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

*  Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.

*  Refrigerators and freezers should be thoroughly dry and stored with the door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances to save space.  

*  Stoves, ovens and any other cooking equipment must be cleaned before they are stored.

*  Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use packing material or crumpled old newspaper to fill out empty spaces in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same boxes as books.  Be careful not to overload your boxes.  

*  Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, these items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage.  Avoid storing anything that may attract pests.

*  Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware and dishes. Wrap your fragile dishes and glassware individually; nest the cups and bowls with a layer of newspaper or packing material separating them.  Pack your wrapped glasses at the top of storage containers or boxes.  Fill all empty space with packing material. Be sure to label all boxes containing glassware. Be careful not to place heavy items on top of your boxes containing glassware.

*  Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor under your furniture.  If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its tops with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Finally place a cotton dust cover (ie: a bed sheet) on your furniture.

*  Save the original cartons from holiday decorations, especially for delicate ornaments.  Pad the ornaments with packing paper or old newspaper. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.

*  Wrap large lamp bases in padding.  Wrap smaller lamps and place them in boxes and pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Be sure not to store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.

*  Mirrors, windows and screens should be stored on edge (not flat).

Take the time to pack and store your items carefully and responsibly.  You'll be glad you did!