• Do not use printed newspaper to pack anything, the ink could stain your possessions.
  • Fill containers to capacity or fill extra pockets of space with packing material.
  • Label each box so that you can find what you need later.
  • Leave space to reach the back of the unit and put frequently used items near the front.
  • Pack delicate lamp shades separately.
  • Pack mirrors, windows, and record albums on the edges.
  • Pack books flat and put boxes with books or papers on skids or treated pallets to prevent moisture absorption.
  • Clean and dry appliances before storing.
  • Leave refrigerator or freezer doors open to prevent mildew.
  • Some goods can be stored in appliances or stacked on top of them.
  • Dishes and glassware boxes should have a layer of padding on top and bottom of them and each item should be wrapped individually.
  • Nest bowls and cups and stand plates on end. Fill all pockets with padding.
  • Store light chairs inverted seat-to-seat.
  • Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be cleaned and stored on hangers.
  • Stand sofas and mattresses on end on a pallet or plastic sheet.
  • Disassemble beds and tables and put them upside down on the floor.
  • Stack boxes on dressers and use drawers to store delicate items.
  • Metal objects, like tools and bikes, should be wiped with a rag containing machine oil to resist rust.
  • Wrap Christmas lights around a piece of cardboard, and put packing paper around all of it inside the box.