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Top 10 Storage Questions
Should I pack with Stretch Wrap or tape?
Using Stretch Wrap to secure dresser drawers, cabinet doors & entertainment center doors and anything that can open during transport and storage. Using tape can damage finish on wood products and be more difficult to remove if things are in storage for a great length of time. Stretch Wrap is also a great way to cover furniture i.e.: cloth & leather couches and chairs. Use Stretch Wrap or couch and chair covers to protect fresh oiled leather items that will be placed in storage… will help keep moist and supple.
How should I wrap my breakable items?
When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This will keep you from mistaking them for the excess paper you used to fill the box. Wrap all fragile and delicate items in large bubble wrap – this adds more protection for breakage prevention. Small bubble wrap is great for wrapping electronics and less delicate things.
How heavy should my boxes be when packed?
When packing boxes, try to limit the weight to 30 lbs. or less per box.
Any storage tips for drawers?
Use your bureau drawers as packing space. Fill them with some of your fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding. Do not use printed newspaper to pack with. The ink may smudge off on your items.
What labeling system should I use?
Label boxes by numbers – have the master list separate from your storage space… and never write on the box what its contents are. Label each box as you seal it. Mark “Fragile” on all boxes with breakables. Label each box on all four sides with numbers, seal them with tape and make a list of the contents to take home with you. The box numbers should correspond with this master list.
What items should I stack?
Do not stack heavy or folded objects where they could shift or collapse when you move or need access and always keep the heaviest items on the floor.
What’s the best way to store wooden furniture?
If storing wood items, use cedar chips or mothballs to prevent moth damage. Wax wood furniture before storing it. Use sheets or cotton cloth to cover furniture. Wrapping with stretch wrap better protects as it helps keep the woods natural moisture in the wood.
How should I store my electronics?
When you disassemble electronics such as computers and stereos (items that have numerous cables), place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes. If possible, use the original packing for electronic items.
How should I store books?
When packing books, pack them in small cartons that weigh no more than 30 lbs. Alternate bindings and cushion them with wadded packing paper.
What packing materials will I need?
Make a list of packing materials needed such as boxes, bubble pack, tape, marking pens, rope, drop cloths, mattress and furniture covers, etc…