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Packing & Storage Tips

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  • 10' x 10'   100 sq. ft. (15' Moving Truck,  Average size bedroom, one sided garage)
  • Furnishings of one bedroom apartment with refrigerator and washer/dryer, patio furniture and many boxes OR two office suites OR about 200 file boxes
  • 10' x 25'  250 sq. ft.  (26' Moving Truck, Large one car garage)
  • Furnishings of three bedroom house with appliances, patio furniture and many boxes, garage extras and miscellaneous OR a vehicle or boat

  • 12' x 25'  300 sq. ft. (26' Moving Truck, Extra wide one car garage)
  • Furnishings of three to four bedroom house with appliances, patio furniture and many boxes, garage extras and miscellaneous OR a vehicle or boat
  • 10' x 30'  300 sq. ft.  (Extra long one car garage)
  • Furnishings of four or five bedroom house with appliances, patio furniture and many boxes, garage extras and miscellaneous OR a vehicle or boat

  • 12' x 30'  360 sq. ft.  (Extra wide and long one car garage)
  • Furnishings of four or five bedroom house with appliances, patio furniture and many boxes, garage extras and miscellaneous OR a vehicle or boat

Packing & Storage Tips

Long-Term Storage - Here are a few tips for making the most out of long-term storage:

  • Avoid packing items in plastic bags. Although it might seem like plastic is more protective against water damage than boxes, the opposite is really true. Plastic can trap humidity and moisture and speed up the mildew/mold process.
  • Buy sturdy boxes. Although you can recycle free boxes from grocery stores, it’s often best to purchase boxes that are similar in size and in good repair. They will be easier to stack and access—and your items will be safer over the long term.
  • Treat fragile items well. Individually wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and/or newspaper and mark their boxes accordingly. These should always go somewhere safe and away from the rest of the stored items.
  • Seal clothes and fabrics. Vacuum-sealed bags are great for storing a wardrobe or valued curtains—and can help protect against damages. If you’ll be keeping clothes in storage, you may want to invest in these.
  • For long-term appliance storage, always wipe down the interiors well (and with an item like baking soda or bleach). Leave the doors ajar and the cords carefully wrapped. Mold brought in on appliances can spread to other items in storage.
  • Place items on pallets (which you can often get for free from home improvement stores). Getting boxes and furniture off the ground helps prevent against damages and keeps the air moving.

Short-Term Storage - Here are a few tips for making the most out of short-term storage:

  • Dust covers can replace more intensive packing for short-term storage. Because there isn’t as much time for dirt to settle and moisture to seep in, you may be able to drape large pieces of furniture with a cloth and call it good.
  • Leave an aisle in the middle of your storage unit. Because you’ll be coming and going within a short space of time, you want to be able to get in and get out quickly. Arrange items against the wall and use the vertical space, leaving a walk-through clear.
  • Continue treating fragile items well. Fragile items need just as much care in short-term storage as they do in long-term storage. In fact, they may need more. Because they are being moved around more often, it’s important to protect them against breaking or shifting.

It’s also a good idea to label your items regardless of how long they’ll be in storage. Keeping a solid inventory using a mobile moving app or a checklist can help prevent loss and ensure that each box is stored appropriately for its contents.