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Packaging and Storage Tips


  • Clean and thoroughly dry appliances.  Place a container of salt inside freezers and refrigerators to help to absorb moisture.

  • Pack books flat in small boxes for easy lifting.

  • Never store perishables or food which could decay or attract insects or rodents.

  • Pack mirrors, windows and screens on edge, not flat.  Protect them by packing individually with strong cardboard.

  • Use plenty of packing paper for dishes and glasses, wrapping individually.

  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked: FRAGILE and stacked on end.

  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, nick-knacks, china, silverware and small items.  Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets.

  • Protect furniture and mattresses with specially designed plastic cover or sheets.

  • Large appliances make excellent “packing cases” for towels and clothes etc.

  • If your tables have removable legs, ‘break down’ for easier and safer storage.

  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans.

  • To maximize storage space use uniform size boxes.  Be sure boxes are strong enough to hold 25lbs. to 30lbs.  Do not pack too heavy.

  • Pack boxes full.

  • List contents on all four sides of the box, number and seal with tape.


  • Plan your storage space, placing items that you need to access in the front.  Allow for walkways.

  • Store most valuable items in the back of the space.

  • List inventory of stored items and keep it in a safe place.

  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods

  • Place your storage items on 2 x 4 boards or pallets to guard against dampness.  Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

  • If you stand mattresses on their side, “prop” them so they stand straight, otherwise they may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

  • Store heaviest boxes on bottom.

  • Use good quality lock on your door.  Cheap locks rust and do not provide good security.


  • Food - unless in sealed cans

  • Plants

  • Gasoline, petroleum products, flammable fluids prohibited

  • Fireworks, propane tank - prohibited

  • Ammunition only by special permit

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