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STORAGE TIPS

Make the most of your storage space using these storage tips!

 
Appliances
"Refrigerators and/or freezers should be thoroughly dry and stored with doors slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored."
Bicycles and Other Metal Items
"To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil."
Books and Documents
"Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload."
Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes and Linens
"Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. Wardrobe boxes may be purchased in our office. If the items are too large for a box or cannot be hung, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers, cedar chests or wardrobe style cardboard cartons along with bedding and linens. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storing. Avoid storing anything that may attract pests.

Make sure you have enough wardrobe boxes. You really don't want to fold all of you hanger clothes. If the boxes still have some space, consider filling them with lightweight items like shoes, pillows and bedding items.

Pack some clothes from bureaus in boxes or suitcases so the bureaus won't be too heavy to move. Consider the clothes as packing material in between breakable items or to fill spaces in other boxes."

Dishes and Glassware
"Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. Ideally these items should be stored in a specifically designed dish pack box (available in the office). All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing materials. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.

For china, use dish pack boxes and place all plates on edge, layer bubble wrap in between. Wrap each glass or cup in a piece of bubble wrap and tape. Put a layer of packing material on bottom, sides and top.

If you've collected lots of books over time, it's a great time to reevaluate what you really want to keep. Never pack more than 30 pounds of books in a box. Use small boxes and pack books flat so the corners won't break."

Furniture
"Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked ""seat to seat"" or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (e.g., a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture or several types of dust covers can be purchased. Load your upholstered furniture early. It's easier than fighting space with it later."
Holiday Decorations
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.
Lamps
"Wrap large lamps and place them in boxes and pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamp shades. Pack lamps and lamp shades in individual boxes, using plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding."
Mirrors, Windows and Screens
"These items should be stored on edge, not flat.

For prints, mirrors, artwork and glass use mirror boxes and wrap in bubble wrap. Put tape across the front of the mirrors like an X to keep pieces in place in case the glass breaks. Fill the sides of boxes with packing material."

Tools
"Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles."
Stereos, VCR, DVD Players
"Pack your stereo, computer, VCR, etc. in their original boxes."
General Storage
"Cover the floor with a plastic tarp before moving in your belongings. Use pallets or shelving as a foundation for cartons and furniture, as well as shelving, whenever possible. Stack boxes shoulder-high to maximize your total locker space. Do not place book boxes directly on the floor. Place items you use frequently (or may need to use soon) near the storage room door. Store lightweight small items around the back of the locker. Move large, heavy items into storage last. Remember to leave a walkway so you can get to the rear of the unit. Pack stereos, cameras, and other high-value items in unmarked boxes toward the rear of the storage space. Stand sofas and mattresses on end and protect them with specially designed covers. Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Leave a few inches of space between your items and the wall for better ventilation. Do not lean anything against the wall. Cover the entire load with a light plastic cover. Use a good quality lock on your locker door. Inexpensive locks rust. Insure your goods while in storage."
Lawn and Garden
"When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage to avoid corrosive damage. Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes."
Combustible Items(NOT ALLOWED)
"Be careful not to store anything combustible, (such as paint and chemicals), or perishable, (such as food that is not permanently sealed).

Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage."

Automobiles/ Motorcycles/Jet Ski
Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage.

 
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