Determine whether the goods you are storing will be better protected by placing them in boxes, totes, or other
containers. You may need to purchase specialized boxes and other materials to protect your items during the move
while they are stowed away.
Be sure to clean and dry all electrical equipment before storing.
Pack all books, files, and documents flat, and use bubble wrap or newspaper to fill any empty spaces in the boxes
Use bubble wrap and other materials when storing dishes and glassware. Pack similar items in the same box and fill
spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper.
Stack lightweight chairs “seat to seat”, but avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other. Cover
upholstery with light cotton dust covers.
Holiday decorations can be stored in their original cartons. Wrap glass ornaments and other delicate items in
wrap or newspaper before storing in boxes or totes.
Cover computer screens and large television screens with dust covers and wrap in bubble wrap if you are storing
items next to furniture and other equipment.
Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Appliances with doors
stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.
Avoid rust by wiping down all types of metal surfaces before storing. Use a few drops of machine oil to lightly
these items for preventing rust and possible deterioration.
Store clothing on hangers before folding them into cartons. Make sure all drapes, curtains, linens and clothing
are washed and dry, or dry cleaned to avoid attracting pests.
Disassemble furniture and place pieces on a corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet before placing on a pallet.
Wrap lamp bases in padding and store the lamp shade and base separately.
CDs, tapes, records and other music items can be stored in boxes or airtight cartons to prevent damage.