Gather plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers. Our supply shop has everything you'll need.
Boxes that are tightly sealed will prevent dust from entering. Efficient taping can also add sturdiness and support to full, heavy boxes.
Wrap furniture legs with bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers. Secure bed rails together and mark the pieces for easier assembly later; cover mattresses to keep them clean during storage.
Label boxes on all sides for easy identification, clearly marking fragile items. Ensure fragile boxes are stored atop heavier, less delicate boxes. Consider making a list accompanied with descriptions or pictures of all your stored items as a reference tool.
Dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, can be used to store small items such as towels and linens or small, fragile items. Use padding material, such as bubble wrap, newspaper or linens to secure items.
Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither over pack nor under pack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubble wrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.
For easier handling, limit the weight of all cartons to 30lbs. or less. Do not fill large boxes with heavy items such as books or magazines; instead, use several boxes for heavy items and place many light items in large boxes.
Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.
Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper to protect the physical integrity of your book collection. Consider distributing books in many different boxes to make them easy to move and handle.
Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Clearly mark cartons as 'Fragile' and store them atop sturdy, non-fragile boxes.
For unwrinkled and secure storage of clothes, linens and draperies, use wardrobe boxes, which allow for hanging rather than folding. Clothing is also a great padding tool for fragile items in boxes.
Use plenty of clean paper, bubble wrap or cloth for padding. Store these boxes on the top row with other fragile items.
Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes as fragile and store with other fragile items.