Storage Tips

Specific Storage Tips

  • Appliances: A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
  • Furniture: Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top 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 light cotton (e.g. bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture.
  • Mirrors, Windows and Screens: these items should be stored on edge, not flat.

Helpful Storage Tips

  • Fill containers to capacity; partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small boxes so they are easy to lift. Protect your fragile goods with packing (e.g. bubble-pack), and place them near the top of your storage space.
  • Label boxes. Take home a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
  • Pack the storage space carefully. Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Place a
    pallet on concrete floors and do not lean items against walls. Leave a walkway to the rear of your
    space for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height. Place frequently used
    goods near the door.