Things to do before you store

  • Organize your move with the destination location in mind.
  • Make a list of all the packing supplies you will need. Include items such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens, rope and pallets.
  • Visit the facility where you want to store your items. Take a list of what you are going to be storing so that the manager can help you determine the correct size for your needs.
  • Schedule your mover 30-45 days in advance.


  • Wrap dishes and glasses in packing paper and place them in dish pack boxes. Be sure to label the boxes “FRAGILE” and stack those boxes securely on top.
  • When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape the item after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking these items for excess paper to fill boxes. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly. Line the boxes with bubble wrap to provide additional protection. Remember, if the contents are shaking, chances are they’ll be breaking.
  • Get your children involved and keep them occupied by giving them each a large box to pack their toys in.
  • Lay books flat in medium-sized boxes and alternate the bindings from front to back to prevent spine damage.
  • Wrap mirrors, framed paintings and pictures in mirror crates. Mark these items as “FRAGILE” and stack them on end, not flat.
  • When packing boxes, fill them without making them too heavy to lift. Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and stack the lighter boxes on top to prevent boxes from being crushed.


  • Do not use plastic to cover your belongings. It retains moisture.
  • Do not store any food items. This will prevent any unwanted guests.
  • Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them. Especially when you are packing books.
  • Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Purchase the insurance.
  • Do not use printed newspaper. The ink may smudge and get on your items.
  • Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.