Tips for getting the most from your storage space.
Wedge appliance doors open. Freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer cartons are excellent for packing bedding, towels and clothing. Always clean your stove before storing.
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on floor. Books are heavy in bunches, pack in smaller cartons for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic (garbage bags make good liners).
Take time when packing dishes and glasses. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Plates and glasses should be wrapped individually. It's better to stack plates on edge.
Wipe the surface of bicycles, tools and other metal items with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting.
Save holiday decoration cartons which contained delicate ornaments. Pad the ornaments with packing paper or newspaper.
Protect furniture and mattresses with specially designed plastic covers. Place a pallet, cardboard mat or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end.
Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
Prepare your storage space by placing a plastic sheet or a pallet on the floor under your goods.
Leave an airspace around the perimeter to aid in ventilation.
Place frequently used items near the door and leave a walkway to the rear of the space.
Make a complete list of all goods stored, including brand names, product features and serial numbers. Keep the list in a safe place away from the storage space.