Packing and Storage Tips

When it comes to packing your belongings, be sure to start early and allow yourself  plenty of time to do the job right. Taking extra care when packing will put your mind at ease, free up your time, and lower the stress factor on moving day.


  • Small appliances: use original boxes if possible. If not, cushion them with wadded paper, and pack in appropriately sized boxes.
  • Large appliances: remove loose fittings and pack separately. Tie down, tape, or wedge all moveable parts and doors.
  • Washer/Dryer: stuff towels between machine sides and the tub to keep it from rotating. Disconnect hoses, put them in a plastic bag, and place inside the machine.
  • Freezer/Refrigerator: defrost and dry interiors. Fill interior door with lightweight linens, clothing, or stuffed toys. Note: check with your appliance dealer first if you plan to lay your refrigerator down for moving, as not all brands can be moved in that position.

Bedroom Furniture

  • Beds: disassemble the bed frames and tie rails and cross pieces together with rope or tape. Use tape to mark where pieces fit together for easy reassembly. Use mattress protection bags (available from Just Store It!) to keep mattresses clean while in transit.
  • Bureaus/Dressers: fill drawers with small, delicate items: and cushion with loose clothes.

Bicycles, tricycles, and baby carriages

  • Loosen, lower, and turn handlebars at right angles to save space. Clean and cover chains and pedals to protect other items from being snagged or soiled.


  • Books are heavy, so pack them into small boxes. Pack books flat, alternating bindings, and fill empty spaces with wadded paper.


  • Wrap arms and legs to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat-to-seat, with a folded blanket or other padding in between. Tie seats together.


  • Folded clothes can remain in their regular dresser drawers. Garments that hang in your closet will travel best in wardrobe boxes (available at Just Store It!).  Don’t discard wardrobe boxes once you get unpacked. You can reuse the boxes seasonally as “extra closets” in your new home.

Curtain rod hardware

  • Place hardware in a plastic bag and tape to the rod or pack in dresser drawers label if needed.

Electronics and accessories

  • Radios and TVs: box upright in a carton that’s well padded on all sides.
  • Stereos, CD players, DVD players and accessories: if possible, pack in original boxes and cushion them with wadded paper. If you don’t have the original box, pack all components separately in well padded cartons. Pack CDs and cassettes in their cases, tie in small bundles, and pack in a sturdy carton with a tape-reinforced bottom. Fill in air space with packing paper.
  • Mark all boxes “fragile.”


  • Dishes: wrap each dish individually. If using newspaper, wrap first in plastic to avoid dishwashing later. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge do not stack flat. Cups and bowls should be wrapped individually, then stacked.
  • Glasses: wrap each glass separately in paper or bubble wrap. Mark boxes “fragile” to ensure proper handling.
  • Pots and pans: stack in a box with packing paper in-between.


  • After disassembling lamps, pack small bases in dresser drawers surrounded by loose clothing and pack large bases in boxes with wadded paper. Box all lampshades individually with plenty of tissue paper. Do not use newspaper because it smudges. Packing paper is available at Just Store It!


  • Small mirrors can be wrapped in paper and packed in boxes. For large mirrors, make a cardboard case by cutting pieces of corrugated cardboard. Mark “glass” on the outside to prevent mishandling.

Outdoor equipment

  • Lawn mowers: drain fuel and oil before loading. Remove handle and place blade ends in a sturdy box. Label accordingly.
  • Tools and gardening equipment: drain hoses, coil and pack in carton. Fill remaining space with lawn sprinklers and small garden and hand tools, etc. Tie rakes, shovels, and other long-handled tools together with rope or tape.

Paintings and prints

  • Wrap individually in corrugated cardboard boxes or wrap with thick blankets and tie in bundles.

Paint and other flammables

  • Don’t move paint or any other flammables like alcohol, solvents, lighter fluid, ammunition, and greasy mops or rags. These items can be dangerous, so dispose of them properly before moving.


  • Large tables: remove legs and tie together. Put hardware in a small, sealed envelope or bag taped to the underside of the tabletop. Pad table tops, tie, and pad spare table leaves.
  • Small tables: pad tabletop and wrap legs to prevent scratching.


  • Set jewelry, important papers, and safe-deposit box contents in a small container you can keep with you throughout the move.