Storage & Packing Tips

  • Use strong boxes and containers that can be stacked.
  • Fill boxes completely, to keep them from collapsing and damaging belongings.
  • Pack books and heavy items in small boxes for easier lifting.
  • Put the heavy boxes on the bottom and the light ones on top.
  • Purchase special boxes for dishes and fragile items.
  • Label each box on several sides and indicate if it is fragile and what room it should go in.

  • Disassemble furniture for easier moving and storage.
  • Stand sofas on end, if possible.
  • Take advantage of the tops of dressers and the like to stack boxes and other items
  • Stand mattresses on end and break down bed frames.

  • Save money and room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
  • Pack stereos, cameras and other high-value items in unmarked boxes.
  • Pack your boxes full. Put the largest on the floor with the smaller ones stacked on top.
  • All stored items should be clean of food stains and particles.
  • Anything that can be taken apart will be easier to store and move.

  • Stand sofas on end, if possible, and take advantage of the tops of dressers and the like to stack boxes and other items. Also, stand mattresses on end and break down bed frames.
  • Pack your belongings tightly to avoid shifting of contents during transport.
  • Use the lock provided by Hide-Away to secure the Mobile Storage box when unattended.

  • Do not rent more space than you actually need. Decide if a smaller unit, if packed efficiently, will do the job just as well as a larger unit.
  • Do not load more than 2,000 lbs. in one Mobile Storage box.
  • 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?

Other Helpful Packing Tips


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 are heavy, so be sure you pack them in small boxes.


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.


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 Mobile Storage boxes.


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 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.


Use special mattress bags or even old mattress covers to keep them clean during moving and storage.


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.


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.


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.