Do not store combustibles! Do not store items such as propane tanks, old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline or other things which might create or intensify a fire. If you're storing any machinery that runs on gas, drain the tank before you store it. Why risk your possessions?
Appliances - Make sure all refrigerators and freezers are thoroughly dry. Store them with the door ajar so air can circulate inside. Be sure the doors on other types of appliances are securely shut, and always clean your stove before moving.
Bedding and Linens - Use your dresser drawers when possible to store blankets, pillows, sheets and the like.
Books - Books are heavy, so be sure you pack them in small boxes.
Chairs - Invert light chairs so they are "seat-to-seat." There usually is space between the legs for small, lightweight items.
Chest of Drawers - Take advantage of drawers for packing many light household items such as photos and clocks. If the items are fragile, be sure to use towels or other padding to protect them from breakage.
China and Glassware - Plates should be wrapped individually and stacked on edge, rather than flat. Always make sure you have plenty of cushioning below and above all your glassware. Glasses should also be wrapped individually with cushioning and put on the top layers of any of these boxes with more cushioning above them. Make sure your boxes are firmly packed so they will not be crushed.
Clothing - It's best to hang clothing whenever possible. Use the free clothes rods in the climate-controlled storage building or use the wardrobe-type of packing carton when possible. We also have clothes rods for the Portable Storage boxes.
Drapes - Fold your drapes carefully and pack them in dresser drawers, if possible. Once in storage, it's best if you can hang them on hangers or use The Hide-Away's free clothes rods.
Fragile Items - Many small fragile items can be stored safely in your dresser drawers surrounded by blankets and pillows.
Lamp Shades - Use clean white tissue paper to wrap each lamp shade individually. Often you can "nest" several lamp shades together. Use a special box for all of these shades, rather than packing them with other items
Mattresses - Use special mattress bags or even old mattress covers to keep them clean during moving and storage.
Mirrors - Always stand mirrors on edge. It's best if you can crate them, or at least pack them individually with strong cardboard and mark them so they won't accidentally be bumped.
Tables - Take the legs off tables when possible and wrap the legs separately. This prevents possible damage and also saves space. Tape the hardware to the underside of the table, so you will not misplace it.
Tools - Don't put too many heavy tools in one box, since it may be heavier than you expected. It's a good idea to wipe your tools with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting if you are storing your belongings in non-climate controlled storage. Long handled rakes, hoes and shovels should be cleaned, oiled and tied together.