Protect Your Valuables

Fragile Items
Wrap items individually in clean newsprint or foam pouches, standard newspaper can smudge or stain your items.
Check all wrapped items for exposed rims, edges or sharp points and rewrap if necessary.
Bundle 4 or 5 individually wrapped items in more paper for added protection.
Stack dishes on their sides and glasses rim down.
Put a 3 or 4 inch layer of cushioning in the bottom of each box to protect items.
Fill boxes completely and stuff open spaces with crushed paper to avoid any collapsing.
Place FRAGILE stickers on several sides of each box that requires them.

Storage Tips

General Rules
Pack up one room at a time.
Give away or donate to a charity any clothes, furniture or other items that you no longer use or need.
Start packing well in advance and start with items you use the least.

Packing Boxes
Try to use same size boxes for ease of stacking and space maximization.
Stack items in boxes in layers, heaviest on the bottom then medium and lightest on top .
Place small boxes in larger boxes.
Fill boxes completely, stuff open spaces with crushed paper to avoid any collapsing.
Donít pack boxes so heavily that they are hard to lift (maximum 35-40lbs).
Seal and secure all boxes with packing tape to avoid unexpected openings.
Mark boxes on several sides indicating the contents and in which room they belong.
When possible, use specialty boxes for specific items (i.e. Wardrobe boxes for hanging garments).

Furniture and Appliances
Secure all moving parts on appliances and store in original container if possible.
Utilize inside of appliances and drawers for storage space for small items and clothing.
Disassemble furniture as much as possible and place hardware in bags and tape to furniture for easy reassembly.
Wrap furniture in blankets or sheets to protect from scratches while in storage.
Use appropriate storage covers for sofas, chairs, mattresses, etc.
For larger appliances check with dealers for any special moving instructions.

Electronics
Pack in original cartons whenever possible
Pack components separately in amply cushioned boxes
Label cables and tighten transit screws.
If removing small items place them in an envelope and tape them to the appropriate component
Place FRAGILE sticker on several sides of each box.

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Miscellaneous Items
Wrap large pictures and mirrors in paper and cardboard.
The corners of mirrors need to be padded to avoid cracking and breaking.
Pack toiletries in a leak proof container.
Make sure all caps are on securely before packing.
Tie long handled garden tools together with rope or tape.
Drain all fluids from lawn and garden equipment.