- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- You may not store any
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