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  • Try to fill boxes completely so that they neither crushed or collapse when stacked on top of each other.  Put the heaviest boxes on the bottom of the stack.
  • Seal boxes completely to keep out dust.
  • Securely seal the bottom of each box and put packing material (bubble wrap, cushion foam or Styrofoam peanuts) for padding.  Use plenty of crunched up newsprint in the voids and cavities in the box as you pack.
  • Do not use newspaper when wrapping items, the ink can rub off and easily stain items.  It can be very difficult to remove.
  • Label all boxes with the items it contains and the room in which it belongs.  Label each box on three sides, a length, a width and also the top.  Keep labels facing out into a pathway inside your unit for easy recognition.  Make a photocopy of each label for your convenient reference.  Mark boxes containing breakable items as fragile and ensure they are on the top of the stacks.
  • It is always better to use two smaller boxes than one heavy one.
  • Try to keep like items packed together by location, for example, keep all kitchen items together.  This will make unpacking much more efficient.
  • Keep items off the floor to improve ventilation. Use pallets, plywood, or wood slats on the floor of the unit.  The more air movement, the drier it is.  Walls can also develop condensation so it is advised to leave a bit of room between your items and the walls as well.
  • It is easier to stack boxes that are all similar in sizes.  Shelving may help organize your space and take full advantage of the height of your unit.  Shelves are especially useful if you have boxes of fragile items that would crush if stacked on each other.
  • Avoid using plastic unless it is ventilated.  Consider using sheets or cotton cloth.
  • Ziploc bags in various sizes can be quite useful.  Things like the screws which belong to something you have disassembled, can be bagged and labeled then attached to the actual item itself.  Other things like remote controls for your TV/stereo system can be bagged and kept together.  Bag your toiletries to prevent leakage.
  • Use zap straps or twist ties to bundle all electrical cords.  Detach if possible or firmly secure them so they do not get in the way.
  • Keep a notebook of disassembly procedures for all of your items, so reassemble will be easier.
  • You may not store any items that
     are illegal, stolen, environmentally harmful, or that may be a risk to
    the safety or property of any other person. 
  • Flammable, corrosive or explosive items.  This includes:  acid,
    gasoline, poisons, charcoal, lighter fluid, fertilizer, paints and paint thinners, household and car batteries, matches or lighters, nail polish and remover, loaded
    weapons, or ammunition, liquid bleach, aerosols, kerosene or lamp oil, pool or spa chemicals,
    chemistry sets, fireworks, pesticides or weed killers, motor oil, ammonia, propane tanks, cleaning fluids.
  • Perishables such as food and plants including:  dog food, cat food, bird seed or any other pet food; spices; flour, rice, any type of grain or legumes; cereal, biscuit mix, cake mix; sugar; potpourri - usually made of dried petals and spices; or live animals.
  • Christmas decorations made of food including: popcorn/cranberry strings, bread dough ornaments, wreaths with candy, wreaths garnished with nuts, fruits, or other perishables