Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Place your storage items on 2×4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Wipe any items made of metal; bikes, metal tables, tools, etc., with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)