Add More Space: Storage Tips

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Storage Tips

Helpful Hints When Storing...

  1. Place all smaller items in uniformly sized boxes.
  2. Completely fill each box with heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top.
  3. Uniformly sized boxes stack easier and conserve storage space. These type boxes are available in our office.
  4. Pack books flat, not standing on end. This will protect the spines which will bend and warp over time if stood upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small boxes and don't put them in boxes with other, more fragile, items.
  5. Place mattresses in plastic covers to protect them from dust and moisture. We sell mattress covers in the office.
  6. Treat leather items (couches, clothes, etc.) with a leather conditioner prior to storing them.
  7. Keep furniture items off the floor by placing them on pallets.
  8. Have blankets, draperies and clothing cleaned, then pack them on hangers in wardrobe boxes. We sell wardrobe boxes in our office.
  9. Store mirrors and pictures inside similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection from scratches and dust.
  10. Place blankets over furniture to protect from scratches and dust. We also have pads (work the same as blankets) in the office.
  11. Photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place between pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Photos and negatives take up very little space. Try to keep these items with you or choose a climate controlled unit.
  12. Wrap breakable items inside bubble wrap and store with linens. Bubble wrap can be found in our office also.
  13. Store dishes and glassware in specially made boxes called dishpacks, also in the office.
  14. Store smaller items like pillows and small toys in large plastic garbage bags or utility bags found in our office.
  15. Clean and dry all appliances prior to storage. Do not leave anything inside appliances to be stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow ventilation.

Do not store these items:

Irreplaceable items, any living thing, firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste materials of any kind or items that produce odors.